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DOE implements program to show true costs of colleges

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release)–The U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday, June 29,  released several College Affordability and Transparency Lists as part of its effort to help students make informed decisions about their choice for higher education. These lists are an important part of the Administration’s work to make college costs more transparent and to boost college affordability and accessibility. More broadly, this announcement reflects President Obama’s commitment to delivering a government that is more open, transparent and accountable to the American people.

“These lists are a helpful tool for students and families as they determine what college or university is the best fit for them,” said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “We hope this information will encourage schools to continue their efforts to make the costs of college more transparent so students make informed decisions and aren’t saddled with unmanageable debt.”

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Officials laud preschools

By Corey Streeper

GROSSMONT COLLEGE – Can’t get your child into preschool? He may be 70 percent more likely to become a juvenile delinquent than will be your neighbor children who do go to preschool.

That was one of the startling findings of a survey revealed during a press conference last Tuesday at Grossmont College’s Child Development Center by a bevy of public officials including District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, Sheriff Bill Gore, Congressman Duncan D. Hunter, and San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne and El Cajon Police Chief Pat Sprecco.

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Congresswoman wants veterans’ college stipends reinstated over school breaks

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (Press Release)– Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) introduced legislation to restore cuts made to education aid for veterans going to college.  The Post 9/11 GI Bill Payment Restoration Act (H.R. 1451) would reinstate living expense stipends during school breaks.
“Our service members earned and deserve their educational benefits,” said Davis, a member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee.  “We have a responsibility to keep these benefits worthy of their dedication and sacrifices to the nation.”

Last year, the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act was enacted making changes to the Post 9/11 GI Bill program.  Most of these changes were positive.  However, provisions were included to eliminate certain living stipend, or “interval payments,” for veterans.  These interval payments cover periods between academic terms, such as the winter holiday break. 

Davis’s bill is a preemptive effort to help veterans continue to receive the living stipends to help pay for rent and bills while attending school.

San Diego has one of the largest veteran populations in the nation and a large number of college students.

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Congressman remembers Freedom Rides

Congressman Filner addresses Grossmont students, including the author. Photo by Stephen Harvey.

By William Dudley

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–So I am trying to get started on my brilliant editorial this Monday when Grossmont counselor T. Ford knocks on the door and tells me that Congressman Bob Filner is about to arrive on campus.

Filner was one of 329 Civil Rights “Freedom Riders” who 50 years ago were arrested in Jackson, Missisippi for “breach of peace.” The “breach” in question was to ride a bus from Nashville to Jackson in a racially-integrated group – conforming with federal laws and common sense by today’s thinking, but defying longstanding segregation practices in the South – defiance that was often met with violence.

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‘The Governor cooks up a budget’

Cartoon by Leon Goodrum


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Supreme Court okays student fees for campus religious groups in U-Wisconsin case

WASHINGTON, D.C. (USANN4)–The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a ruling that a Catholic student group at the University of Wisconsin at Madison may receive support from student fees.   Justices decide not to hear a challenge to the distribution of student fees to the group Badger Catholic.

The decision not to hear the appeal means the ruling by the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will stand.   The appeals court had ruled 2-to-1 that the university could not exclude the group from receiving fees for activities like worship and religious instruction.

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Brown entreats governors for tax extension

SACRAMENTO (Press Release) – California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott and members of the board of governors on Monday, March 7,  welcomed Gov. Jerry Brown to its March 2011 meeting.  Gov. Brown discussed his reasons for wanting Californians to have the chance to vote on his proposal to extend taxes so community colleges, as one budgetary example, do not have to face cuts of as much as $800 million or more.

“The community colleges are important to our culture, our society and our democracy. It’s about skill achievement.  If you’re more capable, you’re a more productive member of society. Why not pay for that?  I’m not asking my Republican colleagues to tax anything,” said Gov. Brown.  “I’m asking them to let the people of California decide. Do they wish to extend the existing taxes or do they wish to double the cuts that I’ve already proposed?  That’s a simple proposition.”

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