President Obama: Changing All Lives For The Better

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Alan Pyke: Why The Obama Administration Wants To Pay For Prisoners To Go To School

“My professor, Miss Jamie Mullaney, she cried the last day of class. And it made me cry,” Terrell Johnson said, sitting across from Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch at Maryland Correctional Institute-Jessup on Friday morning. “I’m in a place where it’s not good to cry,” said Johnson, who’s in the middle of a prison sentence for selling drugs. “But I didn’t care. I felt like this lady genuinely cares if I get this education. That made me wanna try even harder, because I don’t want to let her down.” Mullaney, the head of Goucher College’s sociology department, wasn’t there to hear Johnson recount how his coursework in the Goucher Prison Education Partnership (GPEP) has changed him.

The Goucher program these men participate in is funded entirely through money the school has raised itself. No state or federal education dollars provide GPEP books, teachers, tutors, and work materials. The program’s costs — about $5,000 per student per year, a sliver of what it costs to incarcerate an adult for 12 months at Jessup — have come entirely from private sources who believe in what professors like Mullaney and renowned historian Jean Harvey Baker and their 70 uniformed, caged students are doing here and at a neighboring women’s facility. But under the pilot program Lynch and Duncan unveiled Friday, partnerships like GPEP will be able to apply for Pell Grant funding. “The cost-benefit of this doesn’t take a math genius to figure out,” Duncan said. “We lock folks up here, $35,000, $40,000 every single year. A Pell Grant is less than $6,000 each year.”

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93 Responses to “President Obama: Changing All Lives For The Better”

  1. 1 No Child Left Behind
    January 11, 2016 at 1:51 pm


    • 2 jacquelineoboomer
      January 11, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      Hello, NCLB !!!!!

      • 3 No Child Left Behind
        January 11, 2016 at 1:59 pm

        How are you Jackie O?

        I wish I knew how to record for my archives the last SOTU. C-Span charges so much for a DVD!

        • 4 jacquelineoboomer
          January 11, 2016 at 2:01 pm

          Doing well, thanks. This SOTU is going to be great! I just hope there are no catcalls from the yucky side of the audience. We know President Obama can handle it, but it hurts the rest of us to the bone!

          • 5 No Child Left Behind
            January 11, 2016 at 2:05 pm

            I still cringe when I think of Joe You Lie! Wilson. I just don’t know anymore with so many renegades and recidivists in Congress. I’d better prepare my heart.

  2. January 11, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Good Afternoon, TODers!!!

  3. 9 jacquelineoboomer
    January 11, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Thanks so much for bringing that grand story here, NW!

  4. January 11, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    In case anyone is interested….

    Join us live as Fusion hosts the 2016 Brown & Black Democratic Presidential Forum from Drake University in Des Moines. The forum will focus on where the candidates stand on issues that matter most to America’s growing multicultural population. Tune in to Fusion’s cable network, or watch the livestream on Fusion.net, YouTube, Facebook, Apple TV, and Roku.

    Watch Here: http://fusion.net/series/demforum/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=bbfforum

  5. January 11, 2016 at 2:00 pm


    Thanks Jeff 🙂

  6. January 11, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Our President is a good man.

  7. 15 No Child Left Behind
    January 11, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    To be filed under Time to tell the truth.

  8. 19 Linda
    January 11, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    The US bombed a location in Mosul where ISIL was storing millions of dollars in cash early this morning per CNN’s Barbara Starr

  9. January 11, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    This is what GOP campaign ads will look like if Bernie is the nominee:

  10. 21 Nena20409
    January 11, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Congrats NCLB on your Gold ⭐

  11. 22 Nena20409
    January 11, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    So Dr. Carson’s ‘Campaign’ keeps imploding?

    • 23 No Child Left Behind
      January 11, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      Therefore, the question before us is What kind of conservative is Dr. Ben Carson?

    • 24 jackiegrumbacher
      January 11, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      Nena, another way of saying this is that all five staffers are dumber than doorknobs. First they work for a looney like Carson and then they hitch their wagon to a fraud like Cruz.

  12. 25 Ladyhawke
    January 11, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    • January 11, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      Wow…and this is Norman Ornstein

      • 27 Nena20409
        January 11, 2016 at 3:20 pm

        Norm Ornstein & Thomas Mann have been calling out DC/NY Journos and GOPers since 2012, at least.

        Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem.
        Resize Text Print Article Comments 10709

        By Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein April 27, 2012
        Rep. Allen West, a Florida Republican, was recently captured on video asserting that there are “78 to 81” Democrats in Congress who are members of the Communist Party. Of course, it’s not unusual for some renegade lawmaker from either side of the aisle to say something outrageous. What made West’s comment — right out of the McCarthyite playbook of the 1950s — so striking was the almost complete lack of condemnation from Republican congressional leaders or other major party figures, including the remaining presidential candidates.

        It’s not that the GOP leadership agrees with West; it is that such extreme remarks and views are now taken for granted.

        We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional. In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.

    • January 11, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      Sad but true. These stations have helped Trump to “self-finance” his campaign. If only he were charged every Trump rally that has been broadcast in part or in its entirety…maybe by now he might have decided that the cost of running is more than he is willing to pay. So far, he hasn’t had to pay in money or in consequences to his actions.

    • January 11, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Norm Ornstein was one of the first analysts/fellows of the Amer. Enterprise Institute. Shows you how insane the GOP has become in the last two decades.

  13. January 11, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    • 32 jackiegrumbacher
      January 11, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      Oh, Bob, that will only make the smallest dent in this crisis and without some kind of milk products, it’s wholly inadequate for small children. No one should have to have their lives apportioned out like this. I wish the plight of the people of Madaya were headlined around the world so that everyone could see the extent of Assad’s barbarity. If the world can’t get food in, then let’s get get the people out. Assad has forfeited any right to be considered a human being. He’s a monster.

  14. January 11, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    For anyone else trying to get in!

  15. January 11, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    The US flew B-52 in South Korea this morning in support of South Korea… Bc… North Korea.
    Only problem is, pretty sure any SAM they have can knock out that relic.
    But it does carry two 20 megaton bombs if need be.
    Good grief.
    Anyways, happy Monday. Go patriots. 👌🤓🏈

  16. January 11, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    “David Bowie’s greatest gift as an artist and ostensible human being is that he made the pursuit of weirdness … beautiful.”

    Tom&Lorenzo’s lovely tribute to David Bowie:

  17. 42 Nena20409
    January 11, 2016 at 3:22 pm

  18. 43 Vicki
    January 11, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    In answer to prettyfoot on the previous thread:
    Bernie Sanders supports the closing of Guantanamo. Always has.
    The Senator was also part of the delegation to Cuba that met with Alan Gross and helped the Obama Administration mend its relations with Cuba and bring Mr. Gross home.

  19. January 11, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    WOW, the last person David Bowie followed on twitter was God:


      January 11, 2016 at 5:39 pm


  20. 50 Nena20409
    January 11, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Power Ball Jackpot is Now at $1.4B. This thing could easy surpass $1.5 by Wednesday’s drawing. $6 is my limit.

  21. 51 No Child Left Behind
    January 11, 2016 at 3:33 pm


  22. 60 Nena20409
    January 11, 2016 at 3:35 pm

  23. 68 Nena20409
    January 11, 2016 at 3:43 pm

  24. 69 No Child Left Behind
    January 11, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    False! Here you are.

  25. 70 Nena20409
    January 11, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    John McCain was 1st, then Sen McConnell and now, RNC Chairman? Hmm?

  26. January 11, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Thank yoooooooooOOOOOOOoooooooo Nerdy!!!

  27. 77 Nena20409
    January 11, 2016 at 4:38 pm

  28. 78 Nena20409
    January 11, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Thanks, President Obama!

  29. 80 Nena20409
    January 11, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    She fled with 18 yrs old Son with $30K to Mexico and has shown Zero concern for the law, but……lets reduce her bail bond money?

    January 11, 2016 at 5:31 pm


  31. 87 No Child Left Behind
    January 11, 2016 at 5:47 pm

  32. 88 forus50
    January 11, 2016 at 6:01 pm

  33. 89 forus50
    January 11, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    One thing I’ve found shocking (but good) is the high dollar amounts I’ve seen for campaign fundraising by Clinton and Sanders and the high number of new Dem Iowa caucus goers. Even though I’m not engaged in this yet (but will vote for whoever the Dem nominee is) it seems that there is a good bit of excitement in the Dem community for this election.

  34. 90 Vicki
    January 11, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    As prettyfoot pointed out Bernie did vote against the funding to close Guantanamo.
    it is also true that Bernie and Sen. Leahy led the battle in the Senate in 2012 to close Guantanamo. But then voted “Nay.” Hard to understand.

    It is one more thing to not like about Bernie, that is for sure.

    I wish i could like any of the (D) candidates. i don’t, but i will vote for one of them over any (R) any day for any position whatsoever.

    Registration in Iowa is possible until 10 days before the Primary on Feb. 1.
    The candidates must be all over the college campuses looking to register new voters.

  35. 91 hopefruit2
    January 11, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    I believe so too! 🙂

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