More on Education

May 20, 2013 GOP Proposal Will Make College More Expensive for Blacks

Higher interest rates threaten to make higher education less affordable.

May 20, 2013

Lawmakers try to save student loan deal

A handful of senators struggled Thursday to hold together a bipartisan deal to keep student loan rates from doubling on July 1 while their colleagues traded political barbs with little more than a week to go before the deadline.

May 9, 2013

Student Loan Debt: Time to Get Serious

Writing at the Huffington Post, Rep. Karen Bass makes the case for a comprehensive fix to the student-loan debt crisis. For one thing, student-loan interest rates will double on July 1 from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.

May 9, 2013

Washington Post: CFPB lays out options for easing repayment of private student loans

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Wednesday issued a series of proposals to create more flexible repayment plans for the millions of Americans struggling with private student loans. Lawmakers are also pushing for industry reforms.

May 9, 2013

Rep. Karen Bass holds town hall on Black education 'crisis'

Amid the significant under-achievement of Black youth in the Los Angeles public school system — especially young males — hundreds of people packed a community town hall Saturday for a discussion on the situation.

May 9, 2013

Audubon Middle School hosts Black education town hall

Nearly 500 people turned out Saturday for a town hall discussion on the status of Black children in California’s public education and system.

May 6, 2013

Huffington Post: Time To Get Serious on Student Loan Debt

Not enough attention is being given to the crushing debt being placed on the backs of future generations from student loans.

May 6, 2013

Representative Bass, Education Advocates Convene for Forum on State of Black Education in California

Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined hundreds of parents, teachers and education advocates for a summit on the State of Black Education in Los Angeles and across the nation.

Apr 24, 2013

The Hill: College grads feel limited by debt

Total student debt almost tripled between 2004-2012. In March, Bass introduced the Student Loan Fairness Act, which moved to cap the interest rate on federal student loans at 3.4 percent, suspend interest rates while borrowers are unemployed and offer loan forgiveness to qualified borrowers.

Apr 17, 2013

African American Students in Crisis?

Join us for a constructive dialogue about ways to address a new report showing that black students lag far behind their peers in Los Angeles County schools.