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From Prison to Ph.D.: The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones

Eli Hager New York Times
“I knew that I had come from this very dark place — I was abhorrent to society,” said Michelle Jones, a Ph.D. candidate at N.Y.U. who was released from prison in August after serving 20 years. “But for 20 years, I’ve tried to do right, because I was still interested in the world, and because I didn’t believe my past made me somehow cosmically un-educatable forever.”

An Underground College for Undocumented Immigrants

Jonathan Blitzer The New Yorker
In Georgia, undocumented students are barred from the state’s top public schools. Together, students and professors decided to start a freedom school to help fill the academic void. By consensus, the group chose the name Freedom University. It recalled the activism of the past, and, on T-shirts, it also made for a gratifying taunt: “F.U. Georgia.”

Why Do Ivy League Schools Get Tax Breaks? How The Richest US Colleges Get Richer

By David Sirota and Josh Keefe International Business Times
Despite the tax breaks and the flood of cash to Wall Street, many of the universities that benefit from the subsidies have refused to use their additional endowment resources to expand enrollment, admit more low-income students or lower their tuition rates.

Make Public Colleges Tuition Free

Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren speak on legislation they are introducing to make public universities and colleges tuition-free.

Another For-Profit College Folds

Josh Hoxie Other Words
The closure of ITT Tech should be a warning to other educational institutions looking to make a dime at the expense of students.
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