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New Federal Program Offers Debt Relief on Student Loans

Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Melody Barnes

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The Administration has announced a new "Pay As You Earn" plan that will reduce monthly payments for current college students and borrowers. The program will offer students the chance to limit loan payments to 10 percent of their discretionary income starting in 2012. The Administration is also planning to offer student borrowers the chance to better manage their debt by consolidating their federal student loans.

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Inside the Class Warfare Debate: How Much Does Great Teaching Really Matter?

Steven Brill, Valerie Strauss, Stephanie Banchero, Richard Kahlenberg, Rick Hess

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Steven Brill's book, Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools, has poured fresh fuel on the education reform debate. In this provocative segment, Steven speaks with a panel of his peers and offers a spirited defense of some of the most provocative ideas in the book. Listen in as we go beyond the talking points on Class Warfare.

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Finally, Schools Get Relief From No Child Left Behind, Three Strings Attached

Senior Administration Officials Melody Barnes, Carmel Martin Michael Yuddin

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Today at the White House, senior administration officials released three requirements in President Obama's plan for states to get relief from No Child Left Behind. The plan provides flexibility, but comes with many conditions and aims to maintain a high bar. Not all schools will qualify. Those that don't will be stuck with the old rules. Listen now for details.

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Will Digital Text Books Expand the Achievement Gap?

Kevin Carney, Bethlham Forsa, Neeru Khosla, Valerie Strauss, Justin Snider

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Digital textbooks are coming. Driven by demand for for more effective teaching strategies, the need to reduce costs and advances in technology. But will a digital divide cause a move to digital text books to exapand the achievement gap?

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Six Education Leaders Take Tough Back-to-School Questions to Secretary Arne Duncan

Connelly, Bartoletti, Eberle, Bean, Musso and Vinci with Secretary Arne Duncan

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Prominent leaders from across the education community joined Secretary Arne Duncan via conference call, seeking answers to some of their constituents' biggest back-to-school issues. Secretary Duncan fielded questions from leaders representing school principals, science teachers, Head Start, early childhood educators and school business officials. Funding issues were high on the agenda.

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