Initiative before Congress aims to slash student debt

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For most of the 20th century, higher education wasn’t treated as a cash cow, and students were better off for it. Consider: Thousands of college students recently had their school loans forgiven by the federal government. Few are celebrating, though. Washington stepped in to relieve students from paying a for-profit college that had defrauded them. Corinthian Colleges, a chain of private universities, had been the target of class-action lawsuits and government investigations since 2004. It went bankrupt in May, not long after the U.S. Department of Education fined the company almost $30 million for lying to students about job-placement rates.

But that’s just one settlement. We need a systematic approach to tackle the student-debt crisis. We can easily find one if we look in the not-too-distant past

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Heather McGhee

President, Demos

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Heather C. McGhee is the President of Demos. She is a frequent writer, speaker and media commentator on issues of democracy reform, economic opportunity, racial equity and financial regulation.  In 2010, she became a contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann on Current TV.  She is also a regular guest on MSNBC, Fox News and CNN.  Her opinions, writing […]

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