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Should Joe Biden cancel billions in student loan debt?

“The 360” shows you diverse perspectives on the day’s top stories and debates.

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Democrats from across the party’s ideological spectrum are calling on President-elect Joe Biden to make forgiving student loan debt one of his first priorities in office.

The total outstanding student loan debt held in the U.S. has more than tripled over the past 15 years as the cost of education has skyrocketed. Americans now owe more than $1.7 trillion in student loans, a figure that was considered a crisis by many experts even before the financial collapse caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden recently said

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The Legacy Of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos : NPR

Betsy DeVos, U.S. education secretary under President Trump.

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Betsy DeVos, U.S. education secretary under President Trump.

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What to make of the tenure of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos depends, like beauty itself, on the eye of the beholder.

To the president who asked her to run the Department of Education, she was a loyal lieutenant who argued for her department’s irrelevance in a nation where control of schools is a local affair — that is, until she argued the opposite, at the president’s urging, and threatened schools with a loss of federal funding if they refused to reopen mid-pandemic.

To Christian conservatives, she was a hero who once

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582 More Orange County Residents Test Positive, OC Curfew Coming

ORANGE COUNTY, CA — An additional 582 Orange County residents were diagnosed with coronavirus Thursday, raising the cumulative case count to 67,167. Nine additional residents have died as a result of coronavirus, raising the county’s death toll to 1,537 as hospitalizations continue to climb.

In response to the rapid rise in coronavirus cases across the Southland, all purple tier counties will begin a mandatory 10 p.m. curfew, per the governor’s office. Sheriff Don Barnes of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department says that they will take an “education first” standing, while they assess the governor’s order.

“At this time, we will

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Tennessee Education Association calls for mask mandate in schools

The Tennessee Education Association is calling for a mask mandate in schools, emergency state school funding for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), firm guidance for school closures, and other measures that will help mitigate the spread of coronavirus in schools. 

Active cases of COVID-19 are consistently higher among school staff than the general population, according to TEA President Beth Brown. 

“The importance of in-person instruction to the academic and emotional wellbeing of students is undisputed; however, the demonstrably higher infection rate of Tennessee school staff cannot be ignored,” Brown said in a letter to Gov. Bill Lee Tuesday.

“There are actions

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Biden inherits a widening gap in American education. It could affect economic growth.

In his first address to the nation as president-elect, Joe Biden made it clear that he will make education a priority during his administration. He noted in his victory speech that his wife, Jill, is a teacher and that educators “will have one of your own in the White House.”

But Biden is also inheriting an educational system that is more troubled than at any time in modern history. The number of new coronavirus cases among children in the month of October was the highest since the pandemic started, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. School districts, including those

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