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Good morning, it’s May 17, 2017. This morning at RealClearEducation we have news, commentary, analysis and reports from the top of the education world.

Rep. Virginia Foxx, the chair of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, spoke at the American Enterprise Institute yesterday on the importance of career and technical education. Today, Foxx’s committee will begin reauthorization of the Perkins Act, which provides over a billion dollars in federal funding to career and technical education programs. The law hasn’t been reauthorized in over a decade. According to Carolyn Phenicie at The74, the new legislation will require “better alignment to local employers’ needs, reduces federal reporting requirements, and limits the Education Department’s role in dictating specifics of CTE programs."

One of the graduating students at Bethune-Cookman University who turned his back on Secretary DeVos has written an op-ed explaining his decision. In the same vein, the chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University believes that HBCU grads shouldn’t have to listen to controversial speakers. On the other side, Mark Davis argues that the campus bullies are winning. And Jason Riley uncovers the interesting backstory behind why Texas Southern University canceled Sen. John Cornyn’s speech. 

In other news and commentary, Dr. William Lennox Jr., the president of Saint Leo University, has penned an original piece for RealClearEducation explaining how Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s free tuition plan will hurt private colleges like his. Interest rates on federal student loans are set to rise next year and Preston Cooper at Forbes explains why he believes that this will hurt taxpayers. Should colleges and universities provide tampons in men’s rooms? Believe it or not, that’s a debate raging on campus these days as Alex Arriaga at The Chronicle of Higher Education lays out. 

Below are more highlights of the content already on our site this morning. To see everything we have, visit

NEWSMAKERS: Michael Petrilli explains how education reformers can avoid ruining personalized learning.
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The Campus Bullies Win Again
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Analysis & Commentary

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Research & Reports

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