Tom Harkin

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  • **FILE** A Metrorail train of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Associated Press)

    Metro reimbursed questionable college courses for half-million dollars

    One accountant at Metro took Federal Income Tax 1, a course at the University of Maryland University College described as "an introduction to federal taxation." Another took Intermediate Accounting 1. Several other Metro workers in financially sensitive positions — who help oversee million-dollar contracts — used the transit authority's tuition reimbursement program to enroll in introductory courses on contracts or business.


  • **FILE** A University of Phoenix billboard is shown Nov 24, 2009, in Chandler, Ariz. (Associated Press)

    Recruitment by for-profit colleges targeted

    Two senators say for-profit colleges are using too much taxpayer money to recruit students.


  • **FILE** Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich (left) speaks Nov. 12, 2011, during the CBS News/National Journal foreign policy debate at the Benjamin Johnson Arena in Spartanburg, S.C., as fellow candidate and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney listens. (Associated Press)

    Gingrich, Romney engage in surrogate wars

    Borrowing a page from Mitt Romney's playbook, Newt Gingrich deployed a couple of his surrogates Friday to criticize the former Massachusetts governor's attempts to "tear down" the former House speaker and question his ability to lead the nation.


  • Rand Paul

    'No Child' overhaul proceeds with support of both parties

    After 13 hours of debate, a key Senate panel approved its long-awaited education reform bill with bipartisan support Thursday night, a major step in the process of overhauling the 10-year-old No Child Left Behind law.


  • Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, speaks during a discussion by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions of legislation for the Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Act, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Paul pulls plug on education bill markup

    Sen. Rand Paul put a quick end to Wednesday morning's Senate markup of a long-awaited education reform bill to overhaul the 10-year-old No Child Left Behind law.


  • Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat, is chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. (AP Photo)

    Harkin comes up with bipartisan education-reform bill

    Hailing it as a breakthrough of bipartisanship, Sen. Tom Harkin on Tuesday unveiled his long-awaited education reform package, a wide-ranging bill that in many ways reduces the federal government's involvement in local districts and state education systems.


  • Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat, as chairman of the education panel had promised a reform bill in the spring. He is expected to present his plan Tuesday. (Associated Press)

    Harkin has blueprint for education reform ready

    After months of delay, Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat, is expected to release his blueprint for education reform on Tuesday, following the White House, Senate Republicans and the House GOP, in laying his cards on the table in the debate over what should replace the decade-old No Child Left Behind law.


  • "We can't sit here  in Washington and turn a deaf ear to what's going on around the country. Right now, Congress is pretty disfunctional. They're not getting stuff done."
- Education Secretary Arne Duncan

    Duncan ready to use waivers to evade NCLB

    Education Secretary Arne Duncan had harsh words for Congress on Monday, calling it "dysfunctional" as he announced plans to bypass lawmakers and implement sweeping education reform through a waiver system for states.


  • Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

    Duncan scolds Congress, announces bypass plan

    Education Secretary Arne Duncan had harsh words for Congress on Monday, calling it "dysfunctional" and announcing plans to bypass lawmakers and institute sweeping education reform through a waiver system for states.


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