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08/04/2015
News Release

Today, U.S. PIRG, along with a broad coalition of 91 education organizations, institutions of higher education, technology companies, and foundations called on the White House to ensure federally funded educational materials are made freely available to the public as the administration develops an Open Government Partnership plan this fall.

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02/24/2015
News Release

A report released today by the Student PIRGs shows that an alternative textbook model called open textbooks could save undergraduate students more than a billion dollar a year.

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02/24/2015
Report

New report shows alternative textbook model could save students a billion dollars.

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09/01/2014
News Release

As students at Rutgers and across the country return to campus this fall, textbooks remain one of the priciest items on their shopping lists. However, a new open textbooks pilot program planned for Spring 2015 may alleviate how hard these costs hit students’ pocketbooks.

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Bloomberg News

Students can spend $1,300 per year on textbooks, but online textbooks could ease that burden, a new analysis finds

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The New York Times

College students could save an average of $128 a course if traditional textbooks were replaced with free or low-cost “open-source” electronic versions, a new report finds.

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Deseret News National

Before entering the classroom of an intro-level economics course, students get a real-life experience with the subject — the required textbook costs $290 on Amazon.

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The Gleaner

McCutcheon v FEC was decided on April 2, 2014.  The decision eliminated certain campaign finance regulations that limited the amount wealthy donors could give.

U.S. PIRG research found that this ruling could bring $1 billion in additional campaign contributions from fewer than 2,800 elite donors through the 2020 election cycle.

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