Investigations

Katherine Kerwin, legislative affairs chair of the University of Wisconsin student government, leads efforts against letting public university students in Wisconsin opt out of paying fees to clubs and causes with which they disagree. “We can’t eliminate things because we’re so close-minded that we don’t want to pay for an organization that we don’t believe in,” she says.

Should college students’ money be paying for controversial speakers and programs?

Debate comes as universities shift more and more costs to students, including the bill for hot button speakers and polarizing clubs

Like their students, colleges are vastly increasing the amount they borrow

Hoping to boost enrollments with new features, institutions take on billions in debt

How the federal government abandoned the Brown v. Board of Education decision

It’s illegal to run schools designed to keep out black students, but the Department of Justice is letting districts get away with it

Golden parachutes for public college presidents burden already thin budgets

Even presidents who leave their campuses awash in red ink walk away with big payouts

Many schools could beam the internet into students’ homes — if the bandwidth hadn’t already been sold to businesses

Frequencies long ago set aside for education—but since gobbled up by business—could help close the “homework gap.”

How scholarship websites sell students’ information to colleges and publishers

The tradeoff, companies say? Those students could win money to pay for college

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From the archives: Already languishing in red tape, refugee students now may be barred altogether from U.S.

Even without new restrictions, very few in this “lost generation” will ever get to study here

Protecting Or policing?

School-based police officers are paid to protect our kids. But sometimes they do more harm than good

Where are the missing child care directors?

Investigation finds child care center directors, responsible for oversight, are frequently absent

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