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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After more than a month of back and forth, a failed bill, and GOP embarrassment, the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus has announced that it will support the Obamacare replacement legislation in its most recent iteration. Rep. Mark Meadows, the chairman of the caucus, said the roughly 30 members of the caucus view this compromise as the best option short of a full repeal. A recent amendment, authored by Meadows and Rep. Tom McArthur, co-chair of the more moderate Tuesday Group, would allow states to apply for waivers exempting them from provisions forbidding insurers from charging higher prices to those with pre-existing conditions if the state set up a high-risk pool. The plan's passage in the House is not a done deal though, as a number of moderate lawmakers have resisted supporting the amendment.
"A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer fired a warning flare toward an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel coming near it in the Persian Gulf. The incident happened Monday as the vessel closed to within 1,000 meters of the USS Mahan, "despite the destroyer trying to turn away from it." After attempting to contact the Iranian vessel and sounding its whistle, it deployed the flare. After that, the ship had had enough and turned away.
U.S. District Judge William Orrick Tuesday blocked the Trump administration from enforcing part of an executive order calling for the end of federal funding to so-called sanctuary cities. The decision was followed by a scathing rebuke from the White House, a precedent-breaking activity which with this White House has had no qualms. A White House statement called the decision an "egregious overreach by a single, unelected district judge." The statement was followed by an inaccurate Wednesday morning tweetstorm from Trump, which railed against the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. While Judge Orrick's district falls within the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit, Orrick himself does not serve on the Ninth Circuit.
"House Republicans are circulating the text of an amendment to their ObamaCare replacement bill that they believe could bring many conservatives on board. According to legislative text of the amendment," drafted by Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), "the measure would allow states to apply for waivers to repeal one of ObamaCare’s core protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Conservatives argue the provision drives up premiums for healthy people, but Democrats—and many more moderate Republicans—warn it would spark a return to the days when insurance companies could charge sick people exorbitantly high premiums."