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Q&A on Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness

Q&A on Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness

The White House announced on Aug. 24 that President Joe Biden will take action this year to cancel thousands of dollars in federal student loan debt for millions of Americans, fulfilling a campaign promise he made during the 2020 election cycle. We answer some of the questions readers may have about the debt relief plan, and address political claims about the impact of the plan.

Illinois School District’s Shift to Equitable Grading Is Misrepresented Online

Illinois School District’s Shift to Equitable Grading Is Misrepresented Online

A school district in Illinois is considering implementing “equitable grading,” which would focus more on evaluating student learning than class participation or homework. A conservative website misrepresented the idea as a “race-based grading system” in a story that went viral. The equitable grading system would apply to all students.

OECD Data Conflict With Biden’s Educational Attainment Claim

OECD Data Conflict With Biden’s Educational Attainment Claim

As of 2020, almost 52% of the U.S. population 25 to 34 years old had earned a postsecondary degree — 11th among the 38 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. That statistic conflicts with President Joe Biden’s claim about educational attainment in the U.S.

FactChecking Trump’s CPAC Speech

FactChecking Trump’s CPAC Speech

In his first public speech since leaving office, former President Donald Trump delighted his audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference with numerous false and misleading claims, many of them criticisms of his successor. 

Biden’s Underwhelming School Reopening Goal

Biden’s Underwhelming School Reopening Goal

Two studies show a school reopening goal detailed by the Biden administration for his first 100 days may have already been met before President Joe Biden took office.

State of the Union Anecdotes Debunked

State of the Union Anecdotes Debunked

It is customary for presidents to invite guests to the State of the Union address to provide anecdotal evidence that supports the president’s policies. But it turns out President Donald Trump’s speech included misleading descriptions of two such guests.

Warren Misleads on Her Kids’ Schooling

Warren Misleads on Her Kids’ Schooling

Sen. Elizabeth Warren misleadingly told a group of school-choice activists that her children “went to public schools,” not private ones. Warren’s campaign later clarified that her daughter attended public school, while her son mostly attended private school.

Bogus Claim About LGBT History Lessons

Bogus Claim About LGBT History Lessons

Q: Is California forcing “schools to show kids ‘gay sex’”?

A: No. California law requires the state’s history curriculum to include “the role and contributions of” LGBT people.

Trump’s Hollow Claim about ‘Inner Cities’

Trump’s Hollow Claim about ‘Inner Cities’

President Donald Trump claimed that his administration is “spending a lot of money on the inner cities.” But there has been little change in spending so far, and his first budget proposes to cut or eliminate funding for some programs that benefit cities.