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Midmorning: Student loans and "re-elming" the Twin Cities

Posted at 7:45 AM on April 25, 2007 by Bill Wareham

A scandal over inappropriate behavior among financial aid marketing has many higher ed institutions examining their lending practices. At 9 a.m. Marianne Combs sits in for Kerri Miller, and her guests are:

-Eileen O'Leary, director of Student Aid and Finance at Stonehill College in Easton Massachusetts. She is also former president of the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA);
-Robert Shireman, executive director of Project on Student Debt. Shireman served as an education policy advisor at the White House National Economic Council, and in the U.S. Senate and currently serves as a congressional appointee to the Federal Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance. He joins us by phone from California;
-Michael Dannenberg directs the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation. He was also senior education counsel to Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA), where he had a significant role in drafting the No Child Left Behind Act, the Education Finance Incentive Grant program, and the Taxpayer-Teacher Protection Act.

At 10 a.m., Marianne talks with a local landscaper has made it his mission to return elms to places where Dutch elm disease has taken a severe toll on the trees. Bob Harvey, a Minneapolis landscape designer and the owner of Edelweiss Design, joins Midmorning to talk about his efforts to "re-elm" the Twin Cities.