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Marian Wang is a reporter for ProPublica, covering education and college debt.
Why Is a Wildlife Rehab Center Authorizing Charter Schools? Inside the Wild World of Charter Regulation
Posted on: Feb 27, 2015, Source: Pro Publica
Many of these "authorizers" are woefully inexperienced, under-resourced or confused about their mission.
When Charter Schools Are Nonprofit in Name Only
Posted on: Dec 11, 2014, Source: Salon
Trying to open the books of for-profit management companies hired by charter schools is a difficult task.
North Carolina to Charter School Chain: Administrator Salaries Cannot Be Kept Secret
Posted on: Nov 11, 2014, Source: Pro Publica
The schools' management company believes the salaries paid to administrators qualify as a trade secret.
Koch-Backed Charter School Founder Makes Millions From Public Education
Posted on: Oct 15, 2014, Source: ProPublica
Businesses can now run chains of public schools, conflicts of interest be damned.
We're All Paying for Student Loan Defaults and the Incredible Cost of U.S. Higher Education
Posted on: Apr 8, 2014, Source: Pro Publica
New federal study reveals loan default rate tripled in the past four years, and taxpayers are picking up the tab.
How Exactly Do Colleges Allocate Their Financial Aid? They Won’t Say
Posted on: Mar 12, 2014, Source: ProPublica
Universities rarely release the specific criteria behind their aid decisions. Could a little-known regulation help open the black box?
How College Pricing Is Like Holiday Retail Sales
Posted on: Jan 9, 2014, Source: ProPublica
Those slashed retail prices that fueled your holiday shopping binges might be illusions. We explain why college pricing is similar – but even less transparent.
As Universities Cut State Strings, Some Fear 'Privatization' of Public Schools
Posted on: Oct 15, 2013, Source: ProPublica
Many are worried that as public universities gain freedom, they will end up sidelining broader goals such as access and affordability.
New Data Reveals Public Universities Are Giving More Aid to Wealthy Students — Leaving the Poor Behind
Posted on: Sep 11, 2013, Source: Pro Publica
"Smart students that can pay" — the financial aid tactic state colleges are increasingly copying from private institutions.
Revealed: State Colleges Giving Wealthy Kids More Financial Aid Than Poor Kids
Posted on: Sep 11, 2013, Source: ProPublica
Public universities have gradually shifted their priorities — and a growing portion of their aid dollars — away from low-income students.
"Undergraduate Entering Fee"? How College Students Are Paying Ridiculous, Hidden Student Fees
Posted on: Apr 1, 2013, Source: ProPublica
Some colleges are increasingly hiding rising costs under "fees" in fear of raising tuition.
The Cruelty of Making a Grieving Father Wait Four Years to Settle His Dead Son's Debts
Posted on: Dec 28, 2012, Source: ProPublica
A California gardener lost his son and was saddled with a crushing debt. Four years later, he's finally reached a partial resolution.
How Financial Aid Letters Often Leave Students Confused and Misinformed
Posted on: Oct 23, 2012, Source: ProPublica
The Department of Education has a model financial aid award letter. It's very different from what schools are actually sending.
How the Gov’t Is Saddling Parents with College Loans They Can’t Possibly Afford
Posted on: Oct 7, 2012, Source: ProPublica, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Exposing the dangers of the so-called "Parent Plus" loans.
Banks' Lending Frenzy Left Borrowers Buried in Student Debt
Posted on: Jul 24, 2012, Source: ProPublica
Just like those who took out mortgages at the height of the market, private student loan borrowers are now suffering from the excesses of that period.
Grieving Father Struggles to Repay Dead Son's Massive Student Loans
Posted on: Jun 14, 2012, Source: ProPublica
Despite the help of a lawyer, he has not been able to determine exactly how much he owes, or even what company holds his loans.
Loan Service Companies Leave Student Borrowers in the Lurch
Posted on: May 7, 2012, Source: ProPublica
One million borrowers have discovered their federal student loans randomly transferred to new loan-serving companies -- and little about the transition has been smooth.
Debunking the Myth that Regulations on Big Business are "Job-Killers"
Posted on: Sep 22, 2011, Source: ProPublica
Experts say that no, regulations do not in fact destroy jobs--they shift jobs within the economy. So why do even Democrats repeat the Republican talking point?
The John Edwards Cheat Sheet: What Are the Facts, and Do They Make Him a Criminal?
Posted on: Jun 7, 2011, Source: ProPublica
It almost goes without saying that a sex scandal and lovechild splashed in the headlines would have hurt—if not derailed—Edwards’ campaign.
Budget Compromise Slashes Funds for Organizations That Help Poor Deal With Predatory Lending, Domestic Violence, Foreclosures
Posted on: May 16, 2011, Source: ProPublica
Providers of civil legal services to the poor are having to furlough their staff, triage their clients, and turn away more people in need.
Whistleblowers Claimed the FAA Let Southwest Keep Unsafe Planes In the Air
Posted on: Apr 5, 2011, Source: ProPublica
In 2008, the FAA faced criticism from investigators for acting too cozy with the airline industry -- in particular, with Southwest.
Why a Gruesome Pennsylvania Abortion Clinic Had Not Been Inspected for 17 Years
Posted on: Jan 24, 2011, Source: ProPublica
State health officials deliberately chose not to enforce laws giving abortion clinics the same level of care as other medical service providers.
Shameless: Drug Companies Hired Ghostwriters to Pose as Doctors
Posted on: Dec 2, 2010, Source: ProPublica
5 Ways Homeowners Are Victimized by Wrongful Bank Foreclosure
Posted on: Dec 1, 2010, Source: ProPublica
Many legal experts seem to agree: the so-called technicalities go to the heart of the American system of law and property rights.
Immigration Judges Dismissing Faulty Deportation Requests In Record Numbers
Posted on: Nov 15, 2010, Source: ProPublica
According to TRAC, judges have rejected removal orders for more than a quarter of a million individuals in the past five years.
Rampant Use of Private Contractors Means Less Transparency for TARP
Posted on: Oct 19, 2010, Source: ProPublica
The new report notes the U.S. Treasury’s awkward position of being both a regulator and a client of Fannie and Freddie
Are Some States Drugging Incarcerated Kids to Alter Their Behavior?
Posted on: Oct 6, 2010, Source: ProPublica
Despite the risks to the kids, adolescents in detention are being given antipsychotic drugs instead of counseling.
Watchdog Faults FBI for 'Factually Weak' Basis for Investigating Activists
Posted on: Sep 21, 2010, Source: ProPublica
A new report finds that activists--including a Quaker peace activist and a Catholic religious community--were placed on terrorism watchlists by the FBI.
Robert Rubin, Citi Execs Knew They Were Selling High-Priced Garbage but Got a Pass from Regulators
Posted on: Sep 13, 2010, Source: ProPublica
Citi got off with a slap of the hand, but Rubin and other execs weren't even held accountable.
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