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Economy Puts Value Of Liberal Arts Under Scrutiny

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Gan Golan of Los Angeles, dressed as the "Master of Degrees," holds a ball and chain representing his college loan debt during Occupy D.C. activities in Washington. Average in-state tuition and fees at four-year public colleges rose an additional $631 this fall, or 8.3 percent, compared with a year ago. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Help For The Economy? Not From Debt-Bound Grads

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House Divided Over How To Pay For Student Loan Bill

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Smoke rises as fires burn out of control near Vermont Street in Los Angeles on April 30, 1992. Riots erupted after L.A. police officers were acquitted in the beating of black motorist Rodney King. Paul Sakuma/AP hide caption

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Teaching The L.A. Riots At Two City Schools

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Decades Later, Man Apologizes To 7th Grade Teacher

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Boehner: House Will Vote On Student Loans

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Parents Hold Bake Sales To Pay Teachers

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About 7 out of 10 students borrow money to pay for college. Here, a Stanford University student walks through the campus in Palo Alto, Calif. Paul Sakuma/AP hide caption

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Negotiating The College Funding Labyrinth

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On Campuses, Obama Pitches Low-Cost College Loans

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Robot Eyes As Good As Humans When Grading Essays

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Student Loan Debt Exceeds One Trillion Dollars

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Obama Takes Multistate Trip To Woo College Voters

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Un- and Under-Employment Awaits Many College Grads

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Obama Tries To Charm Youth Vote With College Stops

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