Here’s a roundup of the education articles that caught Next America’s eye from April 28 to May 5. All address trends that particularly affect minority students.
Florida and Virginia Give “Dreamers” a discount. Florida’s state Senate has voted to allow students who came to the United States illegally as children to pay in-state tuition at public universities. It’s likely that the bill will soon receive Gov. Rick Scott’s signature. Meanwhile, Virginia’s attorney general has found that existing law permits state colleges and universities to charge in-state tuition for students who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. According to federal data, more than 8,000 Virginia residents and over 20,500 Florida residents have been approved for deferred action to date. The Washington Post, The New York Times
The Feds Could Be Doing More to Police Campus Sexual Assault. Title IX, a civil-rights law, requires colleges to investigate and resolve reports of sexual assault. But between 2003 and 2013, less than one-tenth of student and alumni complaints submitted to the Education Department led to a formal agreement to change campus policies, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. Improving clarity on the law and improving enforcement were included on the White House’s recent list of recommendations for reducing sexual assault on college campuses. The Chronicle of Higher Education, Politico
Is There Really a “Boy Crisis”? By kindergarten, girls are better behaved, more persistent, and more independent than boys. The gender gap in in behavioral skills is even greater than the gap between rich and poor and between some racial groups, The New York Times reports. But as National Journal’s Brian Resnick points out, the gender gap has been evident in studies of grades and gender for at least 100 years. The New York Times, National Journal
Some States Are Still Cutting Higher Education Funding. As the economy improves, state funding for higher education is starting to rebound, but eight states are still cutting their higher education budgets, a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds. Funding isn’t back to prerecession levels: The average state is spending 23 percent less per college student that it was before the recession, and in Arizona, Louisiana, and South Carolina, funding is down 40 percent per student. The takeaway for students, according to Vox: “Don’t expect tuition prices to fall.” Vox, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
California Senate Committee Wants to Restore Bilingual Education. The California state Senate’s Education Committee wants to ask California voters to repeal Proposition 227, a 1998 initiative that requires that public school instruction be conducted in English. Supporters argue that the initiative prevents children from becoming multilingual. “Not everybody doing business internationally or globally speaks English,” state Sen. Ben Hueso, a Democrat, told the Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times
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"The FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump's associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign, multiple US officials briefed on the matter tell CNN. But a White House official said late Thursday that the request was only made after the FBI indicated to the White House it did not believe the reporting to be accurate."
Sen. Susan Collins, who sits on the Intelligence Committee, "said on Wednesday she's open to using a subpoena to investigate President Donald Trump's tax returns for potential connections to Russia." She said the committee is also open to subpoenaing Trump himself. "This is a counter-intelligence operation in many ways," she said of Russia's interference. "That's what our committee specializes in. We are used to probing in depth in this area."
"Top lawyers who helped the Obama White House craft and hold to rules of conduct believe President Donald Trump and his staff will break ethics norms meant to guard against politicization of the government — and they’ve formed a new group to prepare, and fight. United to Protect Democracy, which draws its name from a line in President Barack Obama’s farewell address that urged his supporters to pick up where he was leaving off, has already raised a $1.5 million operating budget, hired five staffers and has plans to double that in the coming months." Meanwhile, NPR has launched a "Trump Ethics Monitor" to track the resolution of ten ethics-related promises that the president has made.