Trump’s latest travel ban blocked by second federal judge

Trump’s latest travel ban blocked by second federal judge

US President Donald Trump’s latest attempt to bar citizens of eight countries from entering the US has suffered a second federal court defeat. Judges in Hawaii and Maryland issued separate temporary restraining orders on the open-ended travel ban. Both judges cited Mr Trump’s campaign description of it as a “Muslim ban”. The policy targets travellers from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea, as well as some Venezuelan officials. Two previous iterations of the ban targeted six Muslim-majority countries, and were widely referred to by Trump officials as…

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Trump’s budget seeks to eliminate one major benefit of federal student loans that costs billions

Trump’s budget seeks to eliminate one major benefit of federal student loans that costs billions

The Trump administration’s first budget proposes ending a program to encourage student-loan borrowers to go into public service by forgiving their debt to save an estimated $27 billion over the next decade. Here’s how the program works: If you take out a federal student loan, you have your loans forgiven after making 10 years of on-time payments and working for an employer the Department of Education deems to be serving the public good. Qualified employers include local, state and federal government agencies and nonprofit organizations. (Private lenders don’t offer this…

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Federal budget 2017: Police recruitment drive to get $321.4 million

Federal budget 2017: Police recruitment drive to get $321.4 million

The Australian Federal Police will receive $321.4 million in this year’s federal budget to go on a big recruitment drive for anti-terrorism specialists, such as bomb squad technicians, tactical response officers, forensic scientists and negotiators. The cash splash has been described by Justice Minister Michael Keenan as the “largest single domestic policing funding boost in a decade”, and is more than double the $153.6 million the AFP and the Australian Crime Commission received in last year’s budget, to be rolled out over five years, to boost security arrangements. Australian Federal Police…

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Conservative group urges Betsy DeVos to dismantle federal education department

Conservative group urges Betsy DeVos to dismantle federal education department

We’re still awaiting details on new U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ plans for the nation’s public schools, but a report from The Washington Post this week is sure to fire up public education advocates already anxious about the new secretary. According to the Post‘s Emma Brown, a conservative policy organization with deep ties to DeVos and President Trump’s administration is pushing the pair for some big changes in how the nation administers public schools. From the Post: A policy manifesto from an influential conservative group with ties to the Trump administration,…

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For-Profit Law School Is Cut Off From Federal Student Loans

For-Profit Law School Is Cut Off From Federal Student Loans

The troubles buffeting the nation’s law schools may be on the verge of claiming their first victim. The federal Department of Education told students of the Charlotte School of Law in North Carolina this week that federal student loans — the financial lifeblood for law schools — would not be available. The for-profit school is the first accredited law school to lose access to federal student loans. The Charlotte School said on Thursday that it still planned to open its doors on Monday for spring semester classes. The federal agency…

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Privatize Federal Graduate Student Loans

Privatize Federal Graduate Student Loans

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC), the incoming chair of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, recently expressed concern that the student loan program has grown too large and distortionary. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to rein it in. One of the most promising? Eliminate all federal lending to graduate students and let the private market take it over. This would save taxpayers money and incentivize innovation in higher education. The federal government offers two main types of loans for graduate school: Stafford loans, which limit borrowers to $20,500…

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43-percent of federal student loans are not being repaid

43-percent of federal student loans are not being repaid

Do you have outstanding debt from a federal student loan? If so, the chances are significant that you are behind on your payments or have not even tried to make any payments at all. As of the beginning of the year, there were approximately 22 million Americans with student loans — and, according to information from the Department of Education, only 12.5 million of them are current with their loan payments. Around 3 million student loan holders are in some form of postponement on their debt. Through a deferment or forbearance, they…

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U.S. Department of Education Announces Requirements for New Federal Loan Servicing System

U.S. Department of Education Announces Requirements for New Federal Loan Servicing System

The U.S. Department of Education today announced an important step forward in the Obama Administration’s efforts to strengthen the student loan servicing experience for borrowers. Federal Student Aid issued the next phase of its procurement to acquire a single servicing platform to support the management of loan repayment for the more than 30 million Americans with student loan debt serviced by the Department of Education. The solicitation details the specific requirements the selected contractor must fulfill when developing the servicing platform. “Borrowers deserve access to the right information from their…

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