Marian Wang

Racist Georgia Policies Are Segregating Kids into Old Trashed Schools

Georgia has been illegally and unnecessarily segregating thousands of students with behavioral issues and disabilities, isolating them in run-down facilities and providing them with subpar education, according to an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Why Is a Wildlife Rehab Center Authorizing Charter Schools? Inside the Wild World of Charter Regulation

Update, Feb. 24, 2015: Here's a further response from the Audubon Center of the North Woods.

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When Charter Schools Are Nonprofit in Name Only

This originally appeared on ProPublica.

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North Carolina to Charter School Chain: Administrator Salaries Cannot Be Kept Secret

The North Carolina State Board of Education has issued a warning to a charter-school chain for failing to comply with an agency order to disclose the salaries of school administrators. The schools have been put on "financial probationary status," which could lead to sanctions if their board does not comply within 10 business days.

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Koch-Backed Charter School Founder Makes Millions From Public Education

Versions of this story were co-published with the Daily BeastRaleigh News & Observer and Charlotte Observer.

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We're All Paying for Student Loan Defaults and the Incredible Cost of U.S. Higher Education

Parents are increasingly struggling to repay federal loans they've taken out to help cover their children's college costs, according to newly released federal data.

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How Exactly Do Colleges Allocate Their Financial Aid? They Won’t Say

At the center of the admissions and financial-aid process is a massive information imbalance: Schools make their decisions with detailed data about each applicant that goes well beyond test scores and transcripts. Many universities have access to comprehensive financial profiles, sometimes down to the type of cars a family drives. Some analyze patterns and interpret even the most subtle indicators from students, such as the order in which schools are listed on the federal financial-aid application, or even how long a student stays on the phone with an admissions officer.

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How College Pricing Is Like Holiday Retail Sales

You know all those seemingly great sales during the holidays? It turns out, they are often a “carefully engineered illusion.”  A recent piece in the Wall Street Journal defines what it calls “retail theater,” noting that often the discounts being offered to bargain-conscious consumers are carefully planned out by retailers from the start:

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As Universities Cut State Strings, Some Fear 'Privatization' of Public Schools

The chancellor of Oregon’s higher-education system currently oversees all seven of the state’s public colleges and universities. But as of July next year, she’ll be chancellor of four.

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New Data Reveals Public Universities Are Giving More Aid to Wealthy Students - Leaving the Poor Behind

The following was originally published on ProPublica.org. This story was co-published with The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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