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Education Department May Cut Student Relief Payments by 60%

According to new information obtained by the Associated Press, the U.S. Department of Education plans to cut relief payments made to students defrauded by for-profit schools. The AP reported Wednesday that they had seen an internal estimate stating that the payments would likely be reduced by as much as 60%.

The new plan involves the Borrower Defense rule, a statute that was overhauled by the Department of Education during President Obama’s administration. The rule provides financial payments to students whose schools closed due to institutional misconduct. It also gives students who attended fraudulent schools the option to discharge their student loan debts. Many of the students eligible for the program were defrauded by Corinthian Colleges.

Corinthian Colleges, a network of over 20 for-profit schools, was shuttered in 2015 for predatory recruiting practices and misleading student loan programs. The Department of Education fined the organization $30 million, effectively shutting it down. Other government agencies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the state governments of California, Massachusetts and Wisconsin also filed suit. The fallout from the suits and the closure of the schools resulted in thousands of students being left with large loans that they could not pay, and the Department of Education elected to expand the Borrower Defense rule to provide these students with relief.

The Department of Education announced in December that they plan to scale back their loan relief program due to its high cost. Rather than providing full relief from outstanding student loans, the new plan would only grant partial relief to students. The new estimates have emerged at a time when the department has not yet officially finalized their plans. A government spokesperson said that the numbers reported by the AP are not definitive and that the agency does not currently have an idea of how much they will cut student relief.

Troy McQuagge Extends Compassion to the Society

US Health Group is not just selling insurance policies to Americans. Their CEO, Troy McQuagge wants the company and employees to be more. Since Troy joined the organization in 2010, he has ensured that the group maintains it top performing position. US Health Group is among the popular insurance companies in America.

Together with the insurance business, US Health Group values giving back to the community. Troy founded the Hope Foundation. It stands for helping other people every day. Troy did not want it to be a one-off event. This is why he decided to make it an entity that will have a perpetual impact on needy people. The first time the organization participated in helping other was during Hurricane Katrina.

The entire organization played a role in recovering and rebuilding homes for the victims. Troy McQuagge US Health involved his employees intentionally. He wants them to learn how to participate in community matters. He also wants them to learn how to give back to the community. Philanthropy is not all about donating money. Personal involvement is also important. There are some things that money cannot do because they require actual people to participate.

HOPE has grown tremendously in the period it has been operational. It has a sub-section for children with needs but they cannot be helped by their families. In particular, these children suffer terminal illnesses or fatal diseases. The centers for these children are in Arizona and Texas. As time advances, the foundation will open other centers to increase the number of children they are helping. Learn more about Troy McQuagge US Health at

Troy believes in compassion and hence, the investment in philanthropy. Earning money and fame is not just enough for a company. Troy wants his employees to know compassion and minding the welfare of others. It will also improve how they handle clients and other people. The HOPE Foundation has made a significant difference in the society.

Just as the name states, many people have revived their faith after they received help. US Health Group is glad to see how it is changing the lives of people. The HOPE Foundation anticipates growing and reaching to even more needy people. Its goal is to spread compassion globally.



Massachusetts Names New Education Commissioner

The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education announced on Monday that they have selected a new state education commissioner, Jeff Riley, the superintendent and receiver of the Lawrence Public School District. Riley won the board’s vote by an 8 to 3 margin.

Riley first drew attention in November 2017 when he announced he would be resigning from his post in the Lawrence school system in 2018. The previous commissioner Mitchell Chester had suddenly died in June after a battle with cancer, leaving the position of education commissioner open. Deputy Commissioner Jeff Wulfson has been serving as acting commissioner since the death of Chester. He will step down in 2018 to make way for Riley.

Unlike his rivals, Riley is a Massachusetts resident and already has a strong relationship with the BESE. A graduate of Harvard University, Riley began his career as a teacher in Maryland. He then moved to Boston where he served as principal at Edwards Middle School. Riley also served as academic superintendent and chief innovation officer at Boston Public Schools. In 2012, Mitchell Chester appointed him as the receiver of the Lawrence school system after the state took it over. During his time at Lawrence, Riley was able to increase test scores and decrease dropout rates in the district.

Riley emerged as the strongest contender for Mitchell’s vacated position in a field that included Angélica Infante-Green, a Deputy Commissioner for the New York State Education Department, and Penny Schwin, a Deputy Commissioner at the Texas Education Agency. Infante-Green received three votes from board members Amanda Fernandez, Margaret McKenna and Mary Ann Stewart, while the remaining eight members of the board voted for Riley. Massachusetts Secretary of Education James Peyser also cast his vote in favor of Riley. The appointment will be official once Peyser approves the vote.

Dr. Mark McKenna A Passionate And Successful Entrepreneur

Dr. Mark McKenna is a medical doctor, philanthropist, community advocate and aggressive entrepreneur. He earned his degree from Tulane University Medical School and is licensed in Surgery and Medicine by the Georgia State Board and the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. McKenna who hails from New Orleans, began practicing medicine with his father before getting into the real estate industry. His success in real estate let him to start a mortgage and title insurance company. Throughout his early career, McKenna founded Universal Mortgage Lending, Uptown Title and McKenna Crescent Investments where he also served as CEO. Hurricane Katrina devastated Mark and all of his business ventures. After the hurricane in 2005, Mark lost millions overnight. Thanks to relief efforts, he was able to rebuild his company and even participated in rebuilding low income housing. Hurricane Katrina was a sign that Mark should get back into the medical industry.

In 2007, he moved to Atlanta and opened a chain of cosmetic surgery companies called Shape Medical Wellness Center. At ShapeMed, they offer laser hair removal, weight and nutrition counseling, as well as Botox injections. Dr. Mark McKenna only employs highly trained nutritionists, physicians and dietitians that provide healthy and convenient wellness solutions. Eventually, ShapeMed was sold to Life Time Fitness in 2014.

Mark McKenna’s success as an entrepreneur earned him a spot on the CBS TV show Doctorpreneur. He then founded OVME, a medical aesthetic company helping patients improve themselves. As the CEO, he raised $4 million from investment firms and was able to launch a mobile app. OVME now has clinics in Las Vegas, Nashville and Atlanta. With millions of cosmetic companies all over the world, OVME stands apart by offering at home procedures. If you prefer, OVME can send their medical doctors to perform cosmetic procedures in the comfort of your home.

Dr. Mark McKenna was a board member of the New Orleans Industrial Development Board and the New Orleans Jazz Festival. McKenna and OVME believe giving back to the community is extremely important. Currently they have a charitable partnership with the Make A Wish Foundation. Dr. Mark McKenna is married to his beautiful wife Gianine McKenna, who is a bikini and fashion model.

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Tebow Bill Shot Down, Southeasterners Want To See Public School Spending Go Up

The Education Poll of the South recently surveyed educators, parents, and community members from the twelve states it serves regarding their attitudes towards public education. Collectively, the Southeastern think tank found that the average voter was in favor of beefing up spending on public education.

Public Education Is Highly Valued In 2018’s Southeast

Of 2,200-odd respondents, a whopping 84 percent indicated their respective states should account for financial differences between low-income and wealthy communities’ public schools, in terms of beefing up financing for disadvantaged schools.

The survey found that respondents were in favor of increasing funding even if government agencies were forced to tone down their respective budgets in areas outside of education.

57 percent of all individuals polled were OK with paying higher taxes if it meant more schools in low-income areas would receive higher funding.

Tebow Bill Shot Down In Virginia

Tim Tebow, quarterback for the Florida Gators over a decade ago, was able to play football in high school, despite being homeschooled. Named after the two-time Heisman Trophy winner himself, the “Tebow bill” was recently voted on in Virginia.

Students would have been able to compete in public school sports, although they’re unable to do so, as Virginian bill was recently shot down.

The only Republican in Virginia’s state congress to vote against the Tebow bill was Gordon Helsel.

Formally named House Bill 496, the education committee, the committee responsible for voting on the so-called Tebow bill, originally supported the bill. However, after a tied vote, the Tebow bill was directed to the House of Delegates, which was promptly shot down.

Rob Bell, a Republican out of Charlettesville, originally sponsored House Bill 496. The Richmond Times-Dispatch was the first to report on the outcome of House Bill 496.

Why the U.S Needs More Entrepreneurs in its Healthcare Sector

In an article published on Dec 1, 2017, on TechCrunch, Mike Townsend sensationally claims that the American healthcare is hungry for innovators whose ideas will do away with status quo crippling the sector. Townsend supports his argument drawing data from a graph that shows that despite pumping a colossal amount of resources to the industry, life expectancy in the U.S does not reflect the government’s spending. Japan uses only $4,000 per person while the U.S employs more than twice the amount yet Japan beats the U.S hands down in matters life expectancy.


As Townsend’s puts it, the U. S needs to change its approach to healthcare. He lauds Aneesh Chopra, the first U.S Chief Technology Officer, for setting a trend of wooing innovative entrepreneurs to the healthcare sector. Chopra spearheaded the launch of Open Innovator’s Toolkit, Startup America,, etc. Aneesh envisions a future where electronic health records rule the healthcare sector. With data readily available, innovators can utilize it to create value.


Prior to Chopra’s forward-thinking initiatives, entrepreneurs got into the healthcare industry by serendipity. John Crowley is one of such entrepreneurs. He quit his in-management consulting in pursuit of a cure for his two ailing children who had been diagnosed with Pompe disease. Today, Crowley is widely known as the founder of Amicus Therapeutics. Novazyme Pharmaceuticals, another company he started in the early 2000s, has been at the forefront of researching on new experimental treatment for Pompe disease. In fact, Crowley credits Novazyme with saving his children lives. View Related Info Here.


Townsend’s sentiments stress the need for the world to appreciate entrepreneurs in the American healthcare sector. There are many of them, and Chopra’s initiative is likely to create more. Take Drew Madden, for instance, he is far from a celebrity, but his role as a healthcare IT entrepreneur impacts the lives of millions of Americans. Madden is a managing partner at Evergreen Healthcare Partners, a leading provider of healthcare IT solutions. The company particularly focusses on the implementation and advisory for EHR platforms. Madden was the president of Nordic Consulting between 2011 and 2016. At the helm of Nordic, Drew leveraged the opportunity to establish himself as a revolutionary leader.


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Special Education Students Need More Consideration Than Some Schools Are Providing

Every student deserves the chance to excel in life after graduation. However, some high schools in the U.S. are failing to offer adequate post-schooling plans for students with disabilities.

Federal law dictates that all high schools must have in place Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) to provide students with disabilities the resources they need to create a post-graduation career plan. While schools in some states offer these programs for students starting at age 14 and up, they are legally only required to help students to start formulating a plan by age 16. A well-rounded post-school transition plan includes mapping out specific goals towards independent living, work, and higher education.

Many school districts look only to written, canned assessments in the form of questionnaires as a way of determining what a student with disabilities may need. These questionnaires are often vague and don’t supply a full or accurate picture of a specific student’s needs.

Organizations like the William & Mary Training and Technical Assistance Center offer guidelines that address how educators can create a transitional plan that works best for their students. The WMTTA Center offers a considerations packet entitled “Transition Planning for a Brighter Future: Designing IEPs for Secondary Students With Disabilities” which is available for free online.

The WMTTA Center suggests assessment methods beginning with verbally interviewing the student to determine his or her areas of interest. They also suggest enlisting the help of the student’s parents in determining the student’s specific mental or physical challenges with the aim of tailoring a plan that best serves that student on his or her path to success.

Together with the help of parents, teachers, and organizations, the stereotypes surrounding people with disabilities can hopefully fade away into the past. These students deserve to be allowed to enjoy the feeling of proud self-sufficiency.

The Prosperity of Clay Hutson

Clay Huston is a production manager, as well as a sound engineer. Clay has been captivated by music for many years. He has paired himself with many high-profile artists throughout his career.


Huston has fulfilled many positions in his career. He has worked as a primary sound monitor, engineer, and tour manager for numerous artists. Some of these artists include Pink, Guns N’ Roses, and Kelly Clarkson. Huston worked and studied extensively with digital mixing consoles. These mixers are specifically formulated for live audio mixing capabilities. He has mastered his craft by owning several DiGiCo consoles. When Clay was engineering for Marilyn Manson, he was using a hand-built D5.


Clay takes his business very serious, and as a result, he insisted on traveling with his own console. Since he was always on the road, he required a console that was small and condensed.


DiGiCo’s 19 inch SD11 was the most suitable choice for the job. Clay has found satisfaction using this system for his travel needs. Often times, it can be risky to rely on the sound equipment available at the given venue. The venue’s sound equipment is often unreliable. Sound should be tailored to the artist that is preforming at the moment. Every artist is different, therefore requiring different levels of sound output. He can now control the consistency level at all times.


Huston has been working with DiGiCo for many years. He trusts and believes in the quality of their equipment. He only relies on preeminent machines for his gigs. Clay recalls receiving the SD11 mixer from DiGiCo as a gratifying experience. Within a few minutes of plugging the unit in, he was instantly satisfied with the mixing capabilities.


Even though the SD11 is DiGiCo’s smallest unit, the performance is the of the same quality as their larger models. Hutson explains that plaing at smaller venues does not change the requirement of superb sound. Clay is dedicated to delivering the best performance possible.


Hutson continues to place his faith in DiGiCo’s equipment, and theirs alone. He is very pleased with the consistency of the sound, even when continuously on the go. Clay Huston has built himself a positive image in the music industry, especially for his dedication to an exceptional caliber of production. Learn more:


Facebook is Looking to Go More Local

Facebook has pledged to start offering more local content to allow for better community engagement. For those in school or involved with education at any level, this is exciting news indeed.

Part of this effort will involve more local news stories showing up in users’ feeds. Because this action is part of a broader effort to make reputable news sources more visible, one of the effects is likely to be more students finding accurate information when they need to access it.

One of the goals that Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder, has is to create a greater emphasis on local events and happenings. One very possible outcome of such a move is providing a more relatable context for students of all ages to take a more active interest in local news and community involvement.

A major outcome of greater community involvement is getting involved in community issues that affect all, regardless of politics. With such opportunities available for people to get involved being brought to greater attention, there will be more opportunities for local community service being involved in education.

Many school systems already offer students opportunities to volunteer, such as the program available in New York City. From helping deliver meals to those in need to taking part in fundraising walks, there are a lot of personally fulfilling and engaging opportunities for youth.

With Facebook taking the lead in localizing much of the content shown, people eager for greater involvement in community service options will have greater chances to learn about these options. There are so many students using social media regularly that this is a good way to reach them.

Drew Madden Sees Opportunity In Making Healthcare More Consumer-Friendly

There are opportunities galore to make money in the healthcare industry. These days more than ever, the space is teeming with the chance to make some good money. Drew Madden has seen it time and time again first hand as a healthcare entrepreneur. Drew Madden outstandingly stands out in the healthcare field.


Drew is a high caliber Healthcare IT investor who is keen on nurturing solid client partnerships. He’s also interested in improving the healthcare culture.


It is literally his work to try to find the opportunities in healthcare to make money while improving the end-user experience. He tends to focus in primarily on healthcare IT which is a blossoming field in a lot of ways. You see, the IT portion of healthcare is really getting a kickstart as of late as many more companies seek out ways in which they can better the experience of those who use their products.


Amazon is the latest to say that they can possibly make things a bit better for healthcare consumers. Although they are primarily thought of as a healthcare company at this point, Amazon is trying to reshape that image to fit whatever mold they deem more prudent for their business model at this point. In other words, they are interested in getting involved in more fields than just those that they are already known for. They have already proven this when they purchase the Whole Foods chain outright and thus began to get involved with grocery retail. Get Additional Information Here.


Other companies that have already established a foothold in pharmaceuticals long ago are concerned with their position in the marketplace. Take CVS for example. They have a long track history of being a go-to place to purchase prescription pharmaceuticals as well as other general retail items. Now, they have to defend themselves against the intruder in their space.


CVS purchased the healthcare insurance company Aetna in a move to diversify its business as well. It wants to become a one-stop shop for all things to do with healthcare. It may be the best countermove that a company in its position can make. They have seen what Amazon can do to the values of companies in other industries that it has joined up in, and CVS does not want to become yet another casualty in the battle.