Education Department

The Spellings Agenda

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Margaret Spellings gave her first address to a college audience Monday, telling college presidents that they should work to provide better information about their institutions, and that they should back President Bush's budget plans.

A Cutting Budget

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President wants to eliminate many education programs -- and community colleges are particularly hard hit.

Rhetoric and Reality

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For much of the last year, community colleges and the Bush administration have, symbolically, been dancing cheek to cheek. Given what's in the Bush administration's 2006 budget proposal, they may spend the next few months fighting toe to toe.

New Tools to Take On Diploma Mills

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Regulating diploma mills is a little like herding cats.

The institutions, which offer fraudulent degrees in exchange for cash and little or no academic work, crop up overnight and disappear nearly as fast, when consumer complaints rise or law enforcement officials catch the scent. State and federal lawmakers yearn to crack down on these "colleges," but because they're hard to define and hard to nail down, there's often little they can do.

Senate Passes Perkins

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Moving expeditiously, the full chamber approves a vocational education bill.

Statistical Snapshot

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A new Education Department report reveals rapidly rising tuitions, led (proportionally) by public and for-profit colleges.

Big Brother's Transcript Database

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The Education Department has released a plan that would create a national database of student records -- with students identified by Social Security numbers.

Movement in the Senate

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A flurry of activity suggests Congress may make progress on extending the Higher Education Act after all.

Road Not Taken on Pell Grants

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GAO analysis of change in aid formula finds that approaches other than that used by the Bush administration would have hurt far fewer students.

Church, State and the Academic Pork Barrel

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A lawsuit challenges federal grants to an Alaska Bible college that primarily serves Native Americans.

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