Daniel C. Vock
State redistricting efforts are stumbling amidst familiar partisan infighting | Analysis
By: Daniel C. Vock - October 21, 2021
Throughout the U.S., the bitter debates over the results of the 2020 presidential election are getting replayed in redistricting battles.
Democrats’ vision for free community college would boost undocumented students
By: Daniel C. Vock - October 4, 2021
A lifeline for many people now denied access to higher education could also reignite controversies in Republican-leaning states over immigration and federal overreach.
Feds expand Pell Grant program for prisoners working on college degrees in Pa., other states
By: Daniel C. Vock - August 29, 2021
“Access to post-secondary education in prison reduces recidivism rates, and people who participate in these programs are 48 percent less likely to return to prison,” one expert said.
Teachers come under pressure as politicians, parents battle over ‘critical race theory’
By: Daniel C. Vock - June 15, 2021
In one sign of a growing pushback, a teacher-led protest to “pledge to teach the truth” was scheduled for Saturday in 22 states.
With ‘Amtrak Joe’ in the White House, states hope for a passenger rail renaissance
By: Daniel C. Vock - April 30, 2021
Amtrak’s proposed improvements also include many expansions that state and local officials have already been advocating.
Billions of dollars for Medicaid expansion dangled in front of holdout states
By: Daniel C. Vock - February 11, 2021
Holdout states include Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Kansas, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Pennsylvania already has opted into the expansion.
Buttigieg to inherit a crumbling network of roads, subways and rails at DOT
By: Daniel C. Vock - December 26, 2020
For example, two presidents have vowed to replace the aging Brent Spence Bridge between Cincinnati and northern Kentucky, but there’s still no plan to do so. In fact, the bridge closed down for a month because of damage it sustained in a November truck accident. Officials just reopened it a few days before Christmas.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos heads for the exits, leaving a legacy of turmoil
By: Daniel C. Vock - December 17, 2020
In four years in office, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos failed to broaden her appeal beyond the moment she won a wild Senate confirmation fight by the closest of margins. She didn’t even try.