Daniel Vock

Daniel Vock

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Democrats’ vision for free community college would include education for undocumented students

By: - October 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — The massive economic policy package Democrats are trying to muscle through Congress could open the door to free community college for immigrants who are undocumented. But that lifeline for many people now denied access to higher education could also reignite controversies in Republican-leaning states over immigration and federal overreach.  The provision on immigrants […]

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Struggle over tax break for inherited farmland churns below surface in reconciliation bill

By: - September 20, 2021

WASHINGTON—Agricultural groups and farm-state lawmakers notched a significant win when U.S. House Democrats chose not to touch a big tax break for inherited property, avoiding for now a confrontation. But opponents remain wary that the idea could come back at any time as Democrats shape their massive $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, and search for […]

Second Chance program graduates get degree

Feds expand Pell Grant program for people in prison working on college degrees

By: - August 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — People in prison around the U.S. are getting the chance to do something that was almost unheard of a generation ago: pursue a college degree while behind bars and with financial support from the federal government. Incarcerated people in 42 states and Washington, D.C., can now get federal grants to work with colleges […]

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GOP furor over ‘critical race theory’ hits college campuses

By: - July 1, 2021

Professors say the Republican effort to root out “critical race theory” is taking a toll on college campuses around the nation — places where academic freedom is supposed to encourage thought, discussion and analysis.  Much of the “critical race theory” uproar to date has centered on teaching in K-12 schools. But several high-profile incidents, combined […]

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Attempts to ban ‘critical race theory’ multiply at statehouses across the U.S.

By: - May 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — From statehouses to Congress, Republicans have launched into a fight against the teaching of “critical race theory,” which just a year ago was a niche academic term. Experts in critical race theory say it’s about acknowledging how racial disparities are embedded in U.S history and society, and the concept is being mischaracterized by […]

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With ‘Amtrak Joe’ in the White House, states hope for a passenger rail renaissance

By: - April 30, 2021

Stu Nicholson has been trying for decades without success to get Amtrak — or any other passenger rail service — to come to Columbus, Ohio. As director of All Aboard Ohio, a passenger rail advocacy group, Nicholson helped explore possibilities, like creating a new route from Chicago to Pittsburgh, with Columbus in the middle.  But […]