A Virginia community college plans to require students to submit budgets detailing how they’ll repay their federal financial aid before releasing their loans, a new step to help connect the dots between borrowing and repayment.
More than a million community college students in 31 states — about 9 percent of total enrollment — are being denied the most affordable way to borrow for college because their schools have opted out of the federal student loan program.
The North Carolina Legislature this year took away several end-of-course standardized tests high schoolers must take. Now lawmakers are considering adding new ones that educators say will more accurately measure student performance in the state and nationwide.
As long as most people can remember, Democratic House and Senate budget-writers went to opposite corners over what they considered the suitable balance on expanding or cutting spending in the public schools and the University of North Carolina system. It appears Republicans are now doing the same thing.
Missouri is proposing sweeping accreditation changes for its public schools that would add new statewide tests, including an end-of-high-school exam, and require districts to better monitor how their graduates fare in college.
Mercedes Kent can appreciate lack of cell phone service every once in a while, which is a little unusual for an 18-year-old. But sometimes she would rather be on the banks of a lazy river or among towering trees hunting, fishing and mountain biking instead of talking, texting and checking Facebook.
Legislation that would allow concealed handgun license holders to carry their weapons in college classrooms and buildings across Texas took its first step to becoming law, as dozens of students, faculty and administrators testified before the bill was approved along party lines by a Republican-controlled committee in the state House of Representatives.
A bill drafted in response to the mass shooting in Tucson last month and wending its way through the Legislature would require institutions like Pima Community College, where suspect Jared Loughner had been a student, to report potentially disturbed people to mental health authorities.