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JUL 10, 2013 - The Nation

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An Oregon Trail to End Student Debt

Activist holds a ball and chain representing his college loan debt. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) On July 1, federal student loan rates doubled—yes, doubled—from 3.4 percent to 6.8, after members of Congress went home for fireworks without lifting a finger on the issue. Meanwhile, in Oregon, legislators unanimously passed a bill paving the way for students to attend public universities without paying tuition or taking out traditional loans at all. Fueled by the organizing savvy, policy creativity, and relentless effort of the state Working Families Party, and by a classroom of ... Read More

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