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This July 31, 2019 photo shows Stillwater Christian School parents Jeri Anderson and Kendra Espinoza at Woodland Park in Kalispell, Mont.  The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 in a dispute over a Montana scholarship program for private K-12 education that also makes donors eligible for up to $150 in state tax credits. Advocates on both sides say the outcome could be momentous because it could lead to efforts in other states to funnel taxpayer money to religious schools. (Casey Kreider/The Daily Inter Lake via AP)

Justices taking up bans on state money to religious schools

Jan. 18, 2020 10:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court that seems more favorable to religion-based discrimination claims is set to hear a case that could make it easier to use public money to pay for religious schooling in many states. The justices will hear arguments Wednesday in a dispute over a Montana scholarship program...

Lawyers in religious tuition case readying for Supreme Court

Jan. 10, 2020 12:15 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Lawyers for Maine families that want the state to pay their religious school tuition said Friday they'll appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court if an appellate court rules in favor of the state. A panel of appeals court justices is deciding whether the state of Maine should pay for the...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, file photo, the U.S. Capitol is seen as the sun sets in Washington. Negotiations on a package of spending bills to fund the federal government have produced a key breakthrough, though considerably more work is needed to wrap up the long-delayed measures. Top lawmakers of the House and Senate Appropriations committees on Saturday, Nov. 23, confirmed agreement on allocations for each of the 12 spending bills. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Some popular tax breaks renewed in big govt funding bill

Dec. 17, 2019 3:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A raft of expired and expiring tax breaks, including deductions for mortgage insurance premiums, college tuition and large medical bills, would be renewed under a massive government-wide funding bill approved by the Democratic-controlled House. The action comes a few days before the...

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2019 file photo, anti-government protesters fill Plaza Italia in Santiago, Chile. Student protests over a fare hike morphed into a nationwide call for socio-economic equality and better social services that brought millions to the streets and forced President Sebastián Piñera to increase benefits for the poor and disadvantaged and start a process of constitutional reform. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)

Students keep driving protests demanding change in Chile

Dec. 8, 2019 12:01 AM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Nearly two months ago, Catalina Santana jumped a turnstile in the Santiago metro and helped launch a movement that changed the course of Chilean history. Student protests over a fare hike morphed into a nationwide call for socioeconomic equality and better social services that...

FILE - In this March 14, 2019, file photo people walk on the Stanford University campus in Santa Clara, Calif. Seven percent of employers offer student loan repayment assistance as a benefit. For most companies, this benefit means making a direct payment to eligible employees’ loan. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Correction: NerdWallet-These Employers Pay story

Dec. 6, 2019 3:38 PM EST

In a story Nov. 14 about companies’ student loan repayment help, The Associated Press — in an article supplied by the personal finance website NerdWallet — reported erroneously what Raytheon employees can receive through the program. The program does not allow employees to use the company...

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2017, file photo, suggestion boxes are set up during the White House Summit on Historically Black Colleges and Universities at the White House complex in Washington. The Senate has passed a bipartisan deal that would permanently restore funding to historically black colleges and universities and other schools that serve large shares of minority students. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Senate passes bill to save funding for black colleges

Dec. 5, 2019 6:23 PM EST

The Senate on Thursday passed a bipartisan deal that would permanently restore funding to historically black colleges and universities and other schools that serve large shares of minority students. The legislation also would simplify the federal form used to apply for student financial aid. Although the amended...

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, left, joins Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, middle, as they talk with Grace Jones, a high school sophomore from Tucson, Ariz., after a roundtable discussion on school choice Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. DeVos talked with state lawmakers, educators, students and parents about her $5 billion plan to fund tuition for private school students, prior to addressing the American Legislative Exchange Council. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Education Secretary pushes school vouchers at Arizona event

Dec. 5, 2019 3:18 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday touted her $5 billion plan to fund tuition for private school students, telling a room of supportive parents and lobbyists that it would improve the quality of education. DeVos praised Arizona's devotion to school choice programs...

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2019, file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos listening to President Donald Trump during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. DeVos is calling on Congress to consider splitting her department’s financial aid operation into a separate federal agency with the flexibility to operate like a private bank. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

DeVos calls for making financial aid unit a separate agency

Dec. 3, 2019 4:24 PM EST

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says Congress should consider splitting her department’s financial aid operation into a separate federal agency with the flexibility to operate like a private bank. DeVos made the comments Tuesday in Reno, Nevada, at an annual conference hosted by the Education...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2019, file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., responds to reporters at the Capitol in Washington. Paul wants to combat the rising debt load for college students by allowing them to dip into retirement accounts to help pay for school or pay back loans. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Sen. Paul offering bill to combat student loan debt

Dec. 3, 2019 3:24 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wants to combat the rising debt load engulfing college students by allowing families to use their retirement savings to pay off their loans. The Kentucky Republican introduced federal legislation late Monday that would allow students to dip into retirement accounts...

Personal finance courses get a boost in Pennsylvania schools

Nov. 29, 2019 12:55 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania will require public schools to allow students to apply personal finance class credits toward high school graduation requirements. Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill this week and it will take effect in the 2020-21 school year. Under the new requirement, a student who...