Michael Stratford

Michael Stratford, Reporter, covers federal policy for Inside Higher Ed. He joined the publication in August 2013 after a stint covering the Arkansas state legislature for The Associated Press. He previously worked and interned at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and The Chronicle of Higher Education. At The Chronicle, he wrote about federal policy and covered higher education issues in the 2012 elections. Michael grew up in Belmont, Mass. and graduated from Cornell University, where he was managing editor of The Cornell Daily Sun.

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August 6, 2015
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, owes more than $100,000 in loans for his children’s college education, newly released financial disclosure statements show. Walker reported owing between $100,000 and $125,000 in federal student loans for his two sons, according to disclosure forms posted online by CNN. Walker’s sons are attending Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
August 6, 2015
A bipartisan duo of U.S. senators on Wednesday introduced legislation that would overhaul a key way the government holds colleges accountable for student outcomes and also create a new risk-sharing program.
August 5, 2015
Three Senate Democrats on Wednesday called for an independent investigation into the U.S. Department of Education’s review of its loan servicing contractors that largely cleared the companies of allegations they overcharged military service members.
August 5, 2015
In advance of the first Republican presidential debate this week, the American Federation of Teachers is trying to call attention to candidates’ ties to the for-profit education industry. A website registered to the labor union says that “Republicans have embraced for-profits while tearing down public institutions to benefit their blue-chip friends.”
July 29, 2015
Obama administration confirms its pilot program to offer Pell Grants to some prisoners is coming this Friday, and some Republican opposition is already forming.
July 28, 2015
As the Obama administration reframes its pitch for accountability in higher education, the politics of getting it done remain unchanged.
July 27, 2015
In major policy speech, Arne Duncan says student debt is only part of higher education's problem, and calls for renewed policy push on student success and return on investment. 
July 24, 2015
States receiving federal funding for their teacher preparation programs are required by federal law to identify which ones aren’t performing well, but the U.S. Department of Education hasn’t checked to make sure they do, according to a Government Accountability Office study released Thursday.
July 24, 2015
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday accused the operator of FAFSA.com of misleading and deceiving more than 100,000 consumers. The bureau proposed a $5.2 million settlement to resolve the charges.
July 24, 2015
Donald Trump, a Republican candidate for president, on Thursday criticized the federal government for earning a profit on the federal student loan program. “That’s probably one of the only things the government shouldn’t make money off -- I think it’s terrible that one of the only profit centers we have is student loans,” Trump said in an interview with The Hill. He said that college students are “swimming in these loans.”


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