Education: Morning Roundup, Student Loan Debt Surpasses Credit Card Debt

Morning Roundup:

From USA Today: Student loan debt exceeds credit card debt

Total student loan debt exceeds total credit card debt in this country, with $850 billion outstanding. Consumers owe about $828 billion in revolving credit,


From The Washington Post: Teacher pay plan detailed

Under Chancellor Michelle Rhee, performance bonuses of up to $25,000 are now possible for D.C teachers.


From the International Herald Tribune: U.S. Schools Attract Smaller Share of International Students

Although the United States is still the favored destination for students who want to study abroad, the share of international students coming to the country has been declining.


From NPR: Historic L.A. Hotel Finds New Life As School Campus

For years, the once-swank Ambassador Hotel stood boarded up on Wilshire Boulevard. Now, the old Ambassador grounds contain not one school, but six. Finishing touches were put on the last school just in time for the new school year.


Photo (CC) by Flickr user laffy4k.

via International Monetary Fund / Flickr and Streetsblog Denver / Flickr

Seventeen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg made a dramatic speech Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

In her address, she called for a public and private sector divestment from fossil fuel companies

"Immediately end all fossil fuel subsidies and immediately and completely divest from fossil fuels. We don't want these things done by 2050, or 2030 or even 2021 — we want this done now," she said.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin mocked the teenager on Thursday during a press briefing in Davos.

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Even though marathon running is on the decline, half a million people signed up to participate in the 2020 London Marathon. It seems wild that someone would voluntarily sign up to run 26.2 miles, but those half a million people might actually be on to something. A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that running a marathon can help reverse signs of aging.

Researchers at Barts and University College London looked at 138 first-time marathon runners between the ages of 21 and 69. "We wanted to look at novice athletes. We didn't include people who said they ran for more than two hours a week," Dr. Charlotte Manisty, the study's senior author and cardiologist at University College London, said per CNN.

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Last Friday, GOOD reported on an infuriating incident that went down at a Massachusetts Target.

A Target manager who's come to be known as "Target Tori," was harassed by Twitter troll David Leavitt for not selling him an $89 Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush for a penny.

He describes himself as a "multimedia journalist who has worked for CBS, AXS, Yahoo, and others."

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