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Education officials seek flexibility on student testing

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico education officials say they want flexibility in federal testing requirements for students who have been learning remotely during the coronavirus pandemic after the U.S. government denied a blanket waiver.

New Mexico is one of nine states that sought the testing waiver. The U.S. Department of Education said Monday that it would work with states to allow flexibility but stressed the importance of testing to identify and address student needs. It exempted states last spring as the virus took hold and schools turned to virtual teaching.

One area where the New Mexico Public Education

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Biden Has Power To Nix Student Debt For Millions, NJ Senators Say

NEWARK, NJ — There’s a way to cancel up to $50,000 in debt for millions of people struggling to pay off their student loans, U.S. senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker of New Jersey say.

Menendez and Booker recently joined dozens of their colleagues in Congress and reached out to Democratic President Joe Biden urging him to use his existing authority under the Higher Education Act to cancel up to $50,000 in student loan debt for federal borrowers.

According to a joint statement from the senators, more than 43 million people in the United States are currently buried under $1.6

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Democrats unveil plan to erase $50,000 of student loan debt

A group of progressive Democrats announced a resolution on Thursday that demands President Biden use executive action to cancel $50,000 in federal student loan debt. The measure is unlikely to succeed given Mr. Biden’s more moderate campaign promise of up to $10,000 in debt forgiveness via Congressional action.

The resolution was introduced in a press conference by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Representatives Mondaire Jones of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Alma Adams of North Carolina. The coalition of progressive Democrats argue the Higher Education Act of 1965 gives

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Education Dept. orders Navient to refund $22.3 million in decade-old student loan scandal

Investigators recommended in 2013 that the department have Sallie Mae return the estimated $22.3 million owed, but the company denied any wrongdoing. Navient, which assumed Sallie Mae’s liabilities when the companies parted ways, continued to fight the audit and appealed to the Trump administration.

Zais, who took over when Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigned last month, has held the company liable to repay the money.

Navient spokesman Paul Hartwick said the company is assessing its options in the wake of the decision.

“We are disappointed with this ruling because we believe these practices were consistent with Department of Education guidance,

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Student debt relief will be “a priority,” says education secretary nominee

Miguel Cardona, President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Education, said he would support student loan forgiveness if confirmed, but gave little indication of what student debt relief might look like in practice.

In a Monday interview with Connecticut Public Radio, Cardona, who serves as Connecticut’s education commissioner, said that despite his background in K-12 schools, tackling student debt would be a “would be a priority for me, it would be an area of focus that early on we’d have to really make sure we’re coming up with clear support plans and strategies.”

Last year federal student loan

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