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Wayne Taliaferro

Wayne Taliaferro is Lumina's strategy officer for finance and federal policy.  He previously worked at the Center for Law and Social Policy's (CLASP) Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success, where he was a senior policy analyst. His work at CLASP focused on federal and state policies to support adult and nontraditional...Read bio »

The rest of America could benefit as LA helps former students earn college degrees

Oct 09, 2019

Nearly half a million adults in the Los Angeles area have completed some college but didn’t finish their degrees, according to the U.S. Census. Nationally, the figure is about 35 million Americans, or roughly 20 percent of the population between 25 and 64.

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Let’s focus on quality and equity in higher education for incarcerated students

Sep 12, 2019

In a town marked by partisan gridlock, criminal justice reform conversations in Washington have surprisingly moved beyond those frequent stalemates. Yes, challenges and disagreements endure, but access to higher education for people in prison has gained new levels of attention and support. The boost in momentum has catapulted issues like restoring Pell grant access into policy conversations in a way that it arguably hasn’t been before.

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Real justice demands a second chance — for education

April 19, 2019

April is National Second Chance Month, a month dedicated to centering the voices, experiences, and promise of people affected by the criminal justice system. It’s a time to unify around the principles of justice, fairness, and redemption. More importantly, it’s a time to recognize how society’s systems and institutions, including those in higher education, have contributed to the lack of first chances for far too many.

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Federal regulations should put today’s students first

Jan 16, 2019

This week, the U.S. Department of Education began negotiating regulations that govern higher education. We at Lumina Foundation care deeply about this process and its results.

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