Here’s a roundup of the education articles that caught Next America’s eye from April 14-21. All address trends that particularly affect minority students.
The Resegregation of Public Schools. Black children across the South now attend majority-black schools at levels not seen in four decades. In Tuscaloosa, Ala., city financial interests, angry voters, and white flight all contributed to the resegregation of Central High School, once one of the South’s biggest integration success stories. The school now illustrates how clustering low-income, minority students together can widen achievement gaps. “We wish we could interact with more Caucasian people, ‘cause they seem fun,” D’Leisha Dent, a current student at Central, told NPR. ProPublica, NPR
Corporal Punishment’s Painful Racial Subtext. Corporal punishment is still legal in public schools in 19 states, mostly in the South — and African-American students are more likely to get disciplined with a wooden paddle than white students are. In some communities, the wielders of the paddle are black themselves. Supporters often cite the Bible, and the role physical punishment played in their own upbringing. The Hechinger Report
Is Texas Meeting Its College Goals? In 2000, Texas lawmakers set targets for the number of students pursuing higher education, degrees awarded, the number of nationally recognized programs at public colleges and universities, and the state’s share of federal-research funding. Although the state is on track to achieve most of those goals, problems remain. Hispanic enrollment in higher education has lagged, and Texas still faces a gap in the number of students prepared for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Houston Chronicle
Where are the Women in Apprenticeship Programs? Women account for less than five percent of participants in apprenticeship programs nationwide, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. That may be because job-training opportunities are most common in male-dominated trades, like manufacturing and building. As the White House pledges support for apprenticeship programs, community colleges and other organizations are working to recruit more women into them. Chronicle of Higher Education
Michelle Obama Tours Howard University. The first lady toured the historically black college with a group of Chicago public high school students last week, as part of her push to promote higher education. Along for the ride was rapper and television host Bow Wow — formerly Lil’ Bow Wow, tween star of the early 2000s. Bow Wow didn’t go to college, choosing instead to pursue his career. “No longer is high school the bar,” Michelle Obama told the 37 Chicago students. “That is not enough in today’s globalizing economy. You have to go to college.” Inside Higher Ed
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Since the release of the Access Hollywood tape, on which Donald Trump boasted of sexually assaulting women, "Senate Republicans have seen their fortunes dip, particularly in states like Florida, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada and Pennsylvania," where Hillary Clinton now leads. Jennifer Duffy writes that she now expects Democrats to gain five to seven seats—enough to regain control of the chamber.
"Of the Senate seats in the Toss Up column, Trump only leads in Indiana and Missouri where both Republicans are running a few points behind him. ... History shows that races in the Toss Up column never split down the middle; one party tends to win the lion’s share of them."
"Some Republicans are running so far away from their party’s nominee that they are threatening to sue TV stations for running ads that suggest they support Donald Trump. Just two weeks before Election Day, five Republicans―Reps. Bob Dold (R-Ill.), Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), David Jolly (R-Fla.), John Katko (R-N.Y.) and Brian Fitzpatrick, a Pennsylvania Republican running for an open seat that’s currently occupied by his brother―contend that certain commercials paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee provide false or misleading information by connecting them to the GOP nominee. Trump is so terrible, these Republicans are essentially arguing, that tying them to him amounts to defamation."
Former Illinois GOP Congressman Aaron Schock "recently agreed to pay a $10,000 fine for making an excessive solicitation for a super PAC that was active in his home state of Illinois four years ago." Schock resigned from Congress after a story about his Downton Abbey-themed congressional office raised questions about how he was using taxpayer dollars.
If you need a marker for how confident Hillary Clinton is at this point of the race, here's one: CNN's Jeff Zeleny reports "she's been talking to Republican senators, old allies and new, saying that she is willing to work with them and govern."