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The Lost Children of Katrina

In the year following Hurricane Katrina, 30 percent of displaced children were either not enrolled in school or not attending regularly. Today, Louisiana has the nation’s highest rate of young adults who are neither in school nor working. And researchers are starting to ask: could the widespread gaps in schooling after Katrina be the reason?

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From: Nan W., Portland, OR

Due to disabilities, and through no fault of my own, I've been unemployable for the last four and a half years. I have had no income for that long. I've been fighting and struggling for help from Social Security for over three years, which is now the norm. To make it completely hellish, the state of Oregon does not help those in my situation, except with food stamps, which aren't enough to eat on for a month. So, I have to steal toilet paper, as I have no family support, significant other, or (anymore) friends able to help. I live in monthly terror of my phone being turned off (the state assistance plan gets it down to ten bucks a month), as well as my water and sewer bill getting me evicted for non-payment (my apartment lease requires that I am up to date on payments). It's a miracle I'm not homeless. If I didn't have faith, I don't think, at age 55, that I'd have made it this far! As for ideas? How, in a system so thoroughly corrupted by corporate money and agendas? You tell me. I know e-mailing legislators is a total waste of time. Their response? What I call "willful ignorance."


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The Lost Children of Katrina

In the year following Hurricane Katrina, 30 percent of displaced children were either not enrolled in school or not attending regularly. Today, Louisiana has the nation’s highest rate of young adults who are neither in school nor working. And researchers are starting to ask: could the widespread gaps in schooling after Katrina be the reason?

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  • 04.01.15

    The Future of College

    Kevin Carey's book "The End of College" is stirring up debate in higher ed circles. This week, a response to the book by a critic.
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    The End of College or the University of Everywhere

    When education policy wonk Kevin Carey looks into the future, he sees the end of traditional colleges and universities and he says that's a good thing.
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    Today older Americans are heading back to school in record numbers. Many have already started a career, but want to gain knowledge or skills that can make them more competitive in the workplace. Colleges and universities are grappling with the needs of a changing population of students.