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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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Obama signs order to open federal jobs to graduating students

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release)– President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Monday designed to help recent college graduates find a job within the federal government.  Following is a cop of the order:



By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including sections 3301 and 3302 of title 5, United States Code, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1.  Policy.  The Federal Government benefits from a diverse workforce that includes students and recent graduates, who infuse the workplace with their enthusiasm, talents, and unique perspectives.  The existing competitive hiring process for the Federal civil service, however, is structured in a manner that, even at the entry level, favors job applicants who have significant previous work experience.  This structure, along with the complexity of the rules governing admission to the career civil service, creates a barrier to recruiting and hiring students and recent graduates.  It places the Federal Government at a competitive disadvantage compared to private-sector employers when it comes to hiring qualified applicants for entry-level positions. Continue reading

2 U.S. senators introduce bill to combat sexual violence on campuses

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release) -U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Arlen Specter (D-PA) on Thursday, Dec. 16, introduced legislation to combat the problem of sexual violence on college campuses.  They said the  Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE Act) will close a serious gap in the law by requiring colleges and universities to clearly spell out their policies regarding sexual assault and intimate partner violence.

“Sexual violence is a tragic and harsh reality on college campuses throughout the country,” said Senator Casey.  “We must ensure that when we send our sons and daughters off to colleges and universities, we are providing every means necessary for them to learn in a safe environment.”

“The existence of sexual violence on our college campuses is a problem that must be addressed,” said Senator Specter.  “This bill will allow students to be better informed of occurrences of sexual violence on their campuses, and will empower them to take action to protect themselves and others when it does occur.”

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NEA, LULAC call for DREAM Act passage

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (Press Release)– National Education Association (NEA)  President Dennis Van Roekel and League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC) president Margaret Moran have both urged Congress to pass the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would provide a path to legal status for young people whose parents brought them to the United States as undocumented children years ago. 

Essentially, they could earn their citizenship either by graduating from college or by serving in the U.S. military.

“The DREAM Act is a resounding affirmation that education remains the key to economic security and prosperity for all students,” said Van Roekel. “But under the current, outdate immigration system, undocumented children of immigrants who grew up in this country and who call America home are being deprived of such opportunities.

“We believe this legislation is a fair, practical solution that upholds the best of our shared values of fairness, accountability and a strong work ethic. We urge Congress to pass the DREAM Act to allow these students to achieve their dreams and to continue contributing to their communities and society.”

“The DREAM Act is absolutely crucial to ensuring that all young people in the United States, regardless of their immigration status, can achieve their educational and vocational goals,” said Moran. “The students who stand to benefit from this bill are talented, motivated young adults who have gained admission to college, overcoming many obstacles. Providing these students with the opportunity to pursue a better future for themselves and their families is a quintessentially American gesture and would be a tribute to American values of fairness and equal opportunity.”

Preceding culled from NEA and LULAC press releases