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Saving our country through Education

I am first generation to attend college. Scholarships helped and I did obtain my bachelors in physical therapy and wanted to pursue a higher degree because this is what was needed to practice. I could not afford education and be able to not work, which was a program requirement. Looking at the cost of education detered me because I could not afford it, so I settled for becoming a nurse which I am very happy about, but... more »

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Intra or Interagency Electronic Signatures

Whether you have a document that is part of an intra or interagency project , your groups offices are scattered in a metropolitan area, or across the globe, being able to get that document signed by everyone can take days or weeks. The cost for transportation of the document, mailing, and the loss of trees is staggering. I suggest that electronic copies of documents go to a central secure website in PDF format and are... more »

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New Budget Concept

New Concept of Executing Annual Appropriations. At the end of the fiscal year, offices with annual appropriations try to figure out how to spend their remaining funds so that they will not lapse funds. Instead of offices/agencies trying to figure out how to spend last minute funds, change this approach by allowing such funds to be re-appropriated for the upcoming fiscal year. If these funds are re-appropriated then... more »

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Teach Basic Banking in HS

Teach How to float a Loan, Your Credit Score, Paying Your Bills and Mortgage Interest Rates classes in High School. This should be required learning for those students planning to attend college as well as those preparing for early entry into the workforce. Forever this knowledge has been left up to parents to pass on to their children and it has not been effective. With the present problems facing Americans in the Banking... more »

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Student loans should have variable interest rates

This would not only save the taxpayer and the borrower money, it would also reduce the frequency and size of corrections in cost estimates by aligning the interest rate with the government's cost of funds. The student borrower would be charged 10-year T-note plus 1.5%, and the parent borrower would be charged 10-year T-note plus 2.0%. Right now this would mean interest rates of about 4.5% and 5%, rather than the current... more »

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Teach our high school students Basic Business 101.

The tax gap is ~$350 billion. It has been said that the small business and self employed make up ~2/3 of that tax gap. From my experience and those of my collegues, people do not understand business fundimentals and therefore do not properly report their taxes. IE. income statement, balance sheet, and the needed segregation of business and personal. Future small business owners and the self employed are students graduating... more »

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CLIC-CC (Cameras Lights In Classrooms for Counseling and Curriculum)

I suggest that the Department of Education partner with State Departments of Education to install security lights and closed circuit cameras in all classrooms--with the camera system connected to a school-specific, password protected internet site that would allow parents to view their children throughout the day. As a prior teacher, there is nothing I would do while teaching, that I wouldn't want parents to see. The... more »

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Denying Federal Benefits to Actively Wanted Felons

The Departments of Agriculture, Veterans Affairs, and Social Security have programs which deny benefits to persons who are wanted in other jurisdictions in local, state and federal databases for felony crimes. These absconders from justice may use the benefits they receive to further their escape from facing justice and also should not be entitled to tax payer funds until their obligations have been satisfied, this could... more »

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Health of school children

I would like to suggest the Department of Education make it mandatory that schools provide healthy food for children and that children do exercise during the recess. I have visited many schools and noticed the schools provided children with hamburger, hot dogs, French fries, cakes, which were far from being healthy for children. It is vital important to provide healthy food for school children so they can grow up healthy... more »

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School and Children's Health

I would like to suggest the Department of Education make it mandatory that schools provide healthy food for children and that children do exercise during the recess. I have visited many schools and noticed the schools provided children with hamburger, hot dogs, French fries, cakes, which were far from being healthy for children. It is vital important to provide healthy food for school children so they can grow up healthy... more »

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Student/Education Loans

The education loans shall bear very low interest rates (4 -5%)and stay that way through out the life of the loan. Loans should not be sold to private lenders who turn around and sell it again to third parties to make huge profit. The third party sell it again to some other lender etc. keep on going. The students wind up with huge debt unaffordable to pay back. These lenders also add collection fees, court fee and late... more »

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Federal Student Loans and Payroll

Offer employees an option to have their Federal Student loan payments directly deducted from payroll IF the loan is consolidated. By doing this, employees should receive a reduced interest rate and the Department of Education is guaranteeing minimally missed payments from federal employees. Employees should also be able to go online and direct increased amounts of paychecks towards student loan debt—For example, a year-end... more »

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Student Loan Help!

Allow federal student loan agencies to fax in student loan pay-off information versus mail the pay-off amounts. I started my consolidation process March of 2010—It is June of 2010 and my loan is still not consolidated. I have made multiple payments since the March 2010 pay off amounts and now the federal consolidation company will have to continue to transact business with other companies in order to balance my account.... more »

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