The Takeaway

Dep’t of Education Stops Investigating For-Profit Colleges

Within the Department of Education, there exists a dedicated team whose job is to investigate abuse by institutions of higher education. Their focus is on for-profit schools such as DeVry and Corinthian Colleges. The team is tasked with determining whether for-profit institutions misled students about job prospects or tricked them into predatory loans. The Takeaway discusses a new report from The New York Times that alleges Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is effectively dismantling the investigative team tasked with monitoring abuses by for-profit colleges. Plus, we look at a study from the National Center for Education Statistics finding that 94% of teachers in high-poverty school districts pay for classroom supplies out of pocket; a death-sentence case in Sudan that is prompting international uproar; and a new documentary exploring the black, L.G.B.T.Q. disco club that served members of Los Angeles’s marginalized communities for decades.

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The Takeaway

Wilhemina’s War: A Grandmother Fights the AIDS Epidemic

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These days, many Americans believe that HIV is no longer a death sentence—many view it as a long-term, manageable disease.

That may be true for those with a strong support systems and access to quality healthcare, but this is not the case for a number of people, including those in the black community.

About 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with HIV every year, and nearly half of them live in the South. For black women in rural communities, the deadly virus is one of the leading causes of death.

According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “African Americans have the most severe burden of HIV of all racial/ethnic groups in the United States.”

This disparity has been true since the beginning, but has grown over the last decade. June Cross is a documentary television and film producer, and her new film “Wilhemina’s War,” explores the epidemic where it’s particularly acute: The rural south.

Wilhemina’s War” airs Monday, February 29th on PBS’ Independent Lens. 

The Takeaway

‘House of Cards,’ Political Correctness, A Silent Epidemic

February 29, 2016: 1. For Clinton, Faded Hopes and Failures in Libya | 2. A Shaky Truce for a Fragile Syria | 3. Is Political Correctness Destroying America? | 4. Sanders or Clinton? A Millennial’s Struggle | 5. Wilhemina’s War: A Grandmother Fights the AIDS Epidemic | 6. ‘House of Cards’ Takes Over the National Portrait Gallery