US military member on college campus. (photo: iStock)
Kimberly Hefling | Politico | Reader Supported News | July 3, 2015
he collapse of for-profit Corinthian Colleges has been a calamity for Afghanistan and Iraq veterans who not only lost their chance at a college degree from the shuttered schools but also can’t get back tens of thousands in tuition covered by the GI Bill.
Now there’s a movement in Congress to bail out the veterans and give them a second chance at a degree.
Their plight is earning sympathy from Democratic lawmakers and stoking debate over the billions in taxpayer dollars spent to send the nation’s warfighters to for-profit institutions in fields such as nursing and air conditioning repair.
“Would they have willingly and voluntarily attended a school that they knew was going to be bankrupt and would fail to give them what they needed and deserved?” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), the ranking member on the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. He is preparing to file legislation in coming days that would direct the Veterans Affairs Department to reset affected vets’ GI Bill benefits.
Jenny Hudalla | YES! Magazine | AlterNet | May 26, 2015
At Minnesota’s Bethel University, homosexuality has long been considered a character flaw.
Dan Sandberg’s breath froze in the air as he closed the door of the campus shuttle by the Robertson Center. His shift had just ended, and the bag of Totino’s Pizza Rolls in his freezer was calling his name. He had just begun to decide between sausage and pepperoni when the first snowball hit him square in the back.
With his hand over his head, Sandberg ducked between rows of cars and barreled into the safety of his vehicle. He has since tried to block out most of the gay slurs his harassers yelled at him that night.
Sandberg is a senior at Bethel University, a Christian college in Arden Hills, Minnesota, where being gay is a reportable offense. Along with eating disorders, suicidal behavior, and alcohol use, resident assistants must immediately report homosexuality to their hall directors and possibly Student Life deans.
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David Edwards | Raw Story | May 20, 2015
A Christian college in Texas has threatened to punish LGBT students who engage in same-sex dating or students who publicly express support for marriage equality.
Outsports reported that LeTourneau University in Longview had recently targeted gay students by adding new language to its student-athlete handbook, which bears the NCAA logo.
“Consistent with our desire to celebrate and model a Scriptural approach to sexuality;, the University prohibits same-sex dating behaviors and public advocacy for the position that sex outside of a biblically-defined marriage is morally acceptable,” the handbook now reads.
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George Zornick | The Nation | April 21, 2015
Several top congressional Democrats will embrace on Tuesday a loose plan to make public colleges a debt-free proposition—and will receive an immediate boost from progressive activists who are hoping to shape the 2016 Democratic agenda.
In the House and Senate, legislators will simultaneously introduce two resolutions calling for “all students [to] have access to debt-free higher education.” In the Senate, Brian Schatz, Chuck Schumer, and Elizabeth Warren will attach their names to the resolution. Representatives Keith Ellison and Raul Grijalva, co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, are leading the House effort along with several members, including Representatives Chris Van Hollen, Steve Israel, Donna Edwards, Katherine Clark, and Alan Grayson.
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is helping to organize the push, and released a short paper along with the think tank Demos about how to make public higher education achievable without debt. It briefly outlines how increased federal aid to states for higher education and expanded Pell Grants, along with other smaller reforms, might eliminate the debt burden at public institutions.
Ryan Smith | KCCI Channel 8 | April 7, 2015
said he was denied a teaching job because he is gay. Now, the leader of the Des Moines Diocese is speaking out.
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Tyler McCubbin said the Dowling Catholic High School president made him an offer for a full-time teaching position, but later revoked it based on his sexual orientation.
Bishop Richard Pates is the leader of the Des Moines Diocese. He said that McCubbin wasn’t denied the job because he’s gay, but due to the openness of his sexual orientation.
Justin Snow | Metro Weekly | March 16, 2015
“We’ve spent most of our lives together being quiet, because of business or not wanting to rock the boat.”
Clark West, who, along with husband Elliott Mitchell, have reaffirmed they will not leave millions of dollars to the University of Alabama due to the state’s war on same-sex marriage.
According to AL.com, the couple gave $1 million to the University of Alabama a decade ago but dropped plans to leave their estate to the university two years ago due to Alabama’s hostility toward same-sex couples. The state’s decision to thwart a federal court ruling striking down the state’s same-sex marriage ban has reinforced their decision. Their estate is worth $15 million to $18 million.
The couple, who met at UA in 1972 and were married in Hawaii in 2013, now live in Florida. They say they may never spend another night in the state after the chaotic legal fight over same-sex marriage.