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More ‘Dreamers’ Can Pay In-State Tuition

Virginia and Florida both moved last week to allow certain undocumented residents to pay in-state tuition.

Bolivians Gustavo Mariaca (L) and his brother Diego (standing) fill out paperwork under the 'Dream Act' August 15, 2012 at the National Immigration Forum in Washington, DC. 
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May 5, 2014, 12:04 a.m.

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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