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Stories in the category Education

Roger Ailes dead at 77

By Muckety

May 18, 2017 at 8:10am

Roger Ailes, founder and former chairman of Fox News, has died at age 77.

Pence breaks tie in vote to confirm DeVos

By Muckety

February 7, 2017 at 1:37pm

Donald Trump’s controversial nomination of Republican contributor Betsy DeVos to head the Education Department received Senate confirmation Tuesday, with the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Mike Pence.

The moneyed, conservative universe of Betsy DeVos

By Laurie Bennett

November 19, 2016 at 8:49am

Betsy DeVos, former chair of the Michigan Republican Party and a vocal advocate of charter schools, reportedly is under consideration for education secretary.

Cosby resigns from Temple board

By Laurie Bennett

December 1, 2014 at 4:42pm

Buffeted by allegations of rape and sexual assault, comedian Bill Cosby has resigned from the Temple University board.

The Education Department & its ties to the learning industry

By Laurie Bennett

August 13, 2014 at 9:34am

For many, the recent collapse of Corinthian Colleges, Inc., demonstrated the pitfalls of moving America’s education system to the for-profit sector.

Brown and Senor take on New York teachers

By Laurie Bennett

July 2, 2014 at 7:46am

TV journalist Campbell Brown and Republican strategist Dan Senor are becoming the first couple of school reform.

Celebrities and charter schools

By Laurie Bennett

May 23, 2014 at 9:34am

Money and fame often go hand in hand, and so it is with charter schools.

Hedge funders and charter schools

By Laurie Bennett

May 22, 2014 at 3:29pm

For all the attention paid to hedge funders’ connections to the charter school movement, few accounts actually name the hedge funders.

Charter schools: the Walton family’s favorite cause

By Laurie Bennett

April 7, 2014 at 7:26am

However crowded the Muckety map below might appear, its message is simple.

Big tobacco and higher education

By Laurie Bennett

May 12, 2013 at 4:45pm

Although tobacco is banned from restaurants, bars and public airwaves, it is still embraced by many of the nation’s colleges.

Mapping billionaires and charter schools

By Laurie Bennett

May 7, 2013 at 11:11am

While much of the activism for charter schools occurs at the local and state levels, the money funding the movement is unquestionably national.

Wall Street ♥ charter schools

By Laurie Bennett

May 5, 2013 at 9:37am

Call them cynical, but the widespread involvement of financial firms in the charter school movement raises suspicion among many public school advocates.

No wonder Rahm Emanuel is so competitive

By Laurie Bennett

March 11, 2013 at 8:13am

In Chicago, the most famous alumnus of New Trier High School is probably Rahm Emanuel, who graduated in 1977.

Student loans: our next debt crisis

By Laurie Bennett

March 4, 2013 at 11:05am

To see how little we learned from the real estate bubble, read the Wall Street Journal piece on how investors are flocking to high-risk student loans.

Thornburgh report on Paterno takes issue with Freeh findings

By Laurie Bennett

February 11, 2013 at 10:51am

Football fans can now choose between dueling reports on Joe Paterno’a involvement in the sex scandals at Penn State.

Billionaires gather at UC Davis

By Laurie Bennett

July 13, 2012 at 2:20pm

It’s not unusual for colleges to invite wealthy individuals to join their boards, but few academic leaders have had more success than the University of California at Davis.

John Hennessy: Stanford president, entrepreneur, investor

By Laurie Bennett

June 7, 2012 at 7:48am

Yesterday we wrote about the Dartmouth College trustees who stand to benefit from the school’s endowment investments.

Trustee-endowment links questioned at Dartmouth

By Laurie Bennett

June 6, 2012 at 9:40am

As might be expected at an Ivy League school, the Dartmouth College board of trustees is well connected.

Mitt Romney and other famous grads of Cranbrook Schools

By Laurie Bennett

February 24, 2012 at 11:15am

Although Mitt Romney has made much of his Michigan roots, he doesn’t spend a lot of time publicly discussing his school experiences.



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