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Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang covers the White House for The Washington Times.

Before joining the Times in March 2011, Ben spent four years as a political reporter at the Republican-Herald in Pottsville, Pa.

He can be reached at bwolfgang@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Ben Wolfgang

Colleges raise tuition as much as 22 percent

Parents and students are bracing for a new round of sticker shock this fall as public colleges and universities are hiking prices again, this time to make up for massive cuts in state budgets. Published July 20, 2011

S. Korea leads way for paperless classroom

By 2015, the nation's schools will abandon traditional textbooks in favor of digital learning. Over the next four years, the nation's government will spend more than $2 billion to provide every student with a tablet and, in the process, become the first country in the world to go paperless in its schools. Published July 18, 2011

Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, says Congress should join an FBI investigation into whether News Corp. engaged in illegal activities in the United States.

Durbin wants wider hacking probe

The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate on Sunday called for a congressional investigation into the phone-hacking scandal that has rocked Rupert Murdoch's media behemoth News Corp. Published July 17, 2011

** FILE ** Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican (The Washington Times)

GOP wants amendment for balanced budget

With the debt-limit deadline only 16 days away, congressional Republicans on Sunday reiterated their support for a balanced-budget amendment as the answer to the nation's fiscal woes. Published July 17, 2011

Culture of cheating breeding in schools across U.S.

Those sneaky students in the back of the classroom aren't the only cheaters. Teachers and school leaders are getting in on the scams by boosting test scores not through better instruction, but by erasing wrong answers, replacing them with the right ones and hoodwinking parents in the process. Published July 14, 2011

Schools bill advances over Democrats' objections

Over fierce objections from Democrats, a key House panel Wednesday passed the third in a series of five reform bills aiming to lift restrictions on how school districts and states can use federal money. Published July 13, 2011

Rhee calls technology 'equalizer' for students

Shortly after taking the helm of D.C. Public Schools, Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, as part of her efforts to modernize classrooms and incorporate digital learning, enacted a plan to put thousands of computers into schools across the District. Published July 12, 2011

Romney leads GOP hopefuls in fundraising

As expected, Mitt Romney is steamrolling all other GOP presidential hopefuls in the dash for cash, according to second-quarter fundraising reports trickling in. But the entire Republican field is pulling in less than it did in 2008, and the eventual nominee will almost certainly be left in the dust financially by President Obama, whose campaign is shooting to raise $1 billion or more. Published July 4, 2011

Future bright to NASA chief

Some fear this week's final space shuttle launch means the end of American dominance in space, but NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden thinks the future is bright and is promising that one day humans will set foot on Mars. Published July 3, 2011

GOP reaffirms stand against tax increase

Two top congressional Republicans reiterated Sunday that tax increases would not be a part of any debt-ceiling deal with President Obama. Published July 3, 2011

NASA head: U.S. will still lead despite shuttle's end

Pushing back at the notion that next week's final space shuttle launch means the end of American dominance in space, NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden said Friday that the future is bright and promised that one day humans will land on Mars. Published July 1, 2011

Feds' website enables college-tuition comparisons

Can't decide between that prestigious culinary school or the community college down the street? A new online tool created by the Department of Education could help students make that decision, with detailed price comparisons for colleges and universities of all types across the country. Published June 30, 2011

White House revives push for Dream Act

Administration officials are beginning to ratchet up the pressure on Congress to pass controversial immigration-reform measures, but critics fear the changes are already being made without lawmakers' consent. Published June 27, 2011

D.C. Hispanics trail U.S. peers in math, reading

Hispanic students are struggling to catch up to their white counterparts in reading and math proficiency, and Hispanic students in the District of Columbia suffer from the largest performance gap in the nation, according to a major new study being released Thursday. Published June 23, 2011

Bills outline game plan for education overhaul

Brushing off criticism that Congress is moving too slowly on education reform, a key House committee chairman said Thursday that he believes he can push a package of five reform bills through the House this year and end the "draconian" approach of the expiring No Child Left Behind Act. Published June 23, 2011

GOP rips plan for climate office

House Republicans charged Wednesday that the Obama administration is aiming to establish a "propaganda office" for Democratic initiatives on global warming through a proposal to consolidate operations in a new "climate service" office within the Commerce Department Published June 22, 2011