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1. Former ITT Tech students get $3.9B in debt cancellation -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Students who used federal loans to attend ITT Technical Institute as far back as 2005 will automatically get that debt canceled after authorities found "widespread and pervasive misrepresentations" at the defunct for-profit college chain, the Biden administration announced Tuesday.

2. More flexibility proposed for student debt forgiveness -

New rules proposed by the Biden administration on Wednesday would make it easier for borrowers to get their federal student debt forgiven through several existing programs.

The action is intended to overhaul relief programs that have been criticized for their burdensome paperwork requirements and long processing times. It builds on the administration's efforts to expand targeted debt cancellation for certain borrowers while President Joe Biden considers broader student debt forgiveness.

3. Settlement would forgive $6B for defrauded college students -

The Biden administration has agreed to cancel $6 billion in student loans for about 200,000 former students who say they were defrauded by their colleges, according to a proposed settlement in a Trump-era lawsuit.

4. Former Corinthian students get federal student debt erased -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of students who attended the for-profit Corinthian Colleges chain will automatically get their federal student loans canceled, the Biden administration says, aiming to bring closure to one of the most notorious cases of fraud in American higher education.

5. US education chief seeks action to prevent school shootings -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said Thursday that he's ashamed the United States is "becoming desensitized to the murder of children" and that action is needed now to prevent more lives from being lost in school shootings like the one in Uvalde, Texas.

6. University School student 1 of 3 Tennessee Presidential Scholars -

MEMPHIS (AP) — High school students from three Tennessee cities have been named Presidential Scholars, the U.S. Department of Education said.

Greta Li of University School of Nashville, Shawn X. Meng of White Station High School in Memphis and Cristine Chen of L&N STEM Academy in Knoxville are three of 161 U.S. high school seniors chosen for the honor, the department said Thursday. They will be recognized during an online program this summer.

7. Biden: Government standing up to 'hateful' transgender bills -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Thursday that his administration is "standing up" for transgender Americans against "hateful bills" being passed at the state level and that he is committed to advancing equality across society.

8. Online university fined $22M for misleading students -

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California judge has ordered an online, for-profit university and its former parent company to pay $22 million in penalties, saying they mislead students about the costs of their education, among other things, the state's attorney general announced Monday.

9. US education secretary lauds TSU teacher program in visit -

NASHVILLE (AP) — U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona has paid a visit to Tennessee State University to laud the school's initiatives to address teacher shortages.

10. Biden redoubling focus on testing amid shortages, confusion -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is redoubling its efforts to expand supply and accessibility of COVID-19 testing as it faces mounting criticism over long lines and supply shortages for testing nationwide and confusion about when to get tested amid the omicron surge.

11. Biden sending more COVID tests to schools to keep them open -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is increasing federal support for COVID-19 testing for schools in a bid to keep them open amid the omicron surge.

The White House announced Wednesday that a dedicated stream of 5 million rapid tests and 5 million lab-based PCR tests will be made available to schools starting this month to ease supply shortages and promote the safe reopening of schools. That's on top of more than $10 billion devoted to school-based tests authorized in the COVID-19 relief law and about $130 billion earmarked in that law to keep kids in school.

12. Pause on student loan payments is extended through May 1 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Wednesday extended a student loan moratorium that has allowed tens of millions of Americans to put off debt payments during the pandemic.

Under the action, payments on federal student loans will remain paused through May 1. Interest rates will remain at 0% during that period, and debt collection efforts will be suspended. Those measures have been in place since early in the pandemic, but were set to expire Jan. 31.

13. Feds urge schools to provide COVID-19 shots, info for kids -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is encouraging local school districts to host clinics to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to kids — and information to parents on the benefits of the shots — as the White House looks to speedily provide vaccines to those ages 5 to 11.

14. Troubled student loan forgiveness program gets an overhaul -

The Biden administration is moving to relax the rules for a student loan forgiveness program that has been criticized for its notoriously complex requirements — a change that could offer debt relief to thousands of teachers, social workers, military members and other public servants.

15. TN, other state mask bans face federal civil rights inquiries -

The Education Department on Monday opened civil rights investigations into five Republican-led states that have banned or limited mask requirements in schools, saying the policies could amount to discrimination against students with disabilities or health conditions.

16. Loan forgiveness offered to more former ITT Tech students -

The Education Department announced Thursday it will forgive student debt for more than 100,000 borrowers who attended colleges in the now-defunct ITT Technical Institute chain but left before graduating.

17. NYC mandates vaccinations for public school teachers, staff -

NEW YORK (AP) — All New York City public school teachers and other staffers will have to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, officials said Monday, ramping up pandemic protections as the nation's largest school system prepares for classes to start next month.

18. ICU beds full at most metropolitan Tennessee hospitals -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee hospitals warned Thursday that the intensive care units are full in nearly every hospital in the state's major metropolitan areas, pleading with Tennesseans to get vaccinated and wear masks while not going so far as to criticize Gov. Bill Lee's executive order  allowing parents to opt their children out of mask mandates in K-12 schools.

19. States banning mask mandates could face civil rights probes -

In an escalating battle with Republican governors, President Joe Biden on Wednesday ordered his Education secretary to explore possible legal action against states that have blocked school mask mandates and other public health measures meant to protect students against COVID-19.

20. Biden hits schools goal even as many students learn remotely -

President Joe Biden has met his goal of having most elementary and middle schools open for full, in-person learning in his first 100 days, according to new survey data, but the share of students choosing to return has continued to lag far behind.

21. Students who got partial loan relief to see full discharge -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Students who were defrauded by their colleges and received only partial relief from their federal loans could now see them fully canceled, the Biden administration announced Thursday, reversing a Trump administration policy.

22. Education Department convening summit to help schools reopen -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is convening a summit next week to help get children back into the classroom safely in the middle of a pandemic.

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said the sessions March 24 will give education leaders, teachers and students an opportunity to share their experiences in reopening schools.

23. Biden's Cabinet half-empty after slow start in confirmations -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's Cabinet is taking shape at the slowest pace of any in modern history, with just over a dozen nominees for top posts confirmed more than a month into his tenure.

24. Biden: Cardona right pick to lead education through pandemic -

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden introduced Miguel Cardona as his pick for education secretary on Wednesday, saying Connecticut's education chief and life-long champion of public schools is the right pick to lead the department as the nation struggles to educate students safely during the pandemic.

25. Biden picks Connecticut schools chief as education secretary -

President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Miguel Cardona, Connecticut's education chief and a lifelong champion of public schools, to serve as education secretary.

The selection delivers on Biden's promise to nominate someone with experience working in public education and would fulfill his goal of installing an education chief who stands in sharp contrast to Secretary Betsy DeVos.