Here’s a roundup of the education articles that caught Next America’s eye from April 7 to 14. All address trends that particularly affect minority students.
College Students Can’t Afford Food. As colleges admit more low-income students, they’re seeing a rise in students who struggle to afford living expenses. As of the winter of 2014, 121 college campuses were operating food pantries to provide free food to students who would otherwise go hungry, up from four in 2008. Students who are experiencing food insecurity, advocates say, are often too embarrassed to ask for help. Washington Post
Sen. Rubio Proposes Student Loan Alternative. Sen. Marco Rubio has introduced legislation that would allow private investors to finance a student’s college education in return for a percentage of the student’s future earnings. “The same way that private investors invest in a business idea, they could invest in a person,” the Florida Republican told Reuters. Startups like Upstart and Pave already offer this type of financing. Reuters
Texas Considers Adding a Class on Mexican-American Studies. Advocates say that bringing a Mexican-American studies elective to high schools statewide will allow students to gain a deeper understanding of Texas’s history; opponents say the class will bring progressive politics into the classroom. The Texas Board of Education’s members — 10 Republicans and five Democrats — will vote on the proposal this week. Latinos now make up the majority of Texas schoolchildren. NPR
Looking For Anti-Affirmative-Action Plaintiffs. Edward Blum, the legal entrepreneur who found the plaintiffs for the Fisher v. University of Texas Supreme Court case, is looking for more young people willing to accuse colleges of rejecting them because of their race. Blum’s organization, the Project on Fair Representation, has set up websites inviting teenagers to take legal action against the University of North Carolina, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Harvard. New York Times
How Americans Are Saving for College. Families saving for college have put away an average of $15,346, according to the latest national survey from Sallie Mae and Ipsos. That figure represents an increase from last year’s survey. Low-income families who are saving for college have put away an average of $3,762; two-thirds of low-income families aren’t saving at all. Sallie Mae
Where Day Care Costs More Than College. Financial advisers say that families should start saving for college when their child is first born. But when should families start saving up for day care? The annual cost of day care for an infant exceeds the average cost of in-state tuition and fees at public colleges in 31 states, a report from Child Care Aware America finds. No wonder a growing number of mothers with young children are choosing to leave the work force and stay home. Washington Post
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"Democrats panicked by third-party candidates drawing support away from Hillary Clinton are ramping up their attacks against Gary Johnson and warning that a vote for a third party is a vote for Donald Trump. Liberal groups are passing around embarrassing videos of Johnson and running ads against him warning about his positions on issues like climate change that are important to young voters and independents."
Russo-Western relations are getting thornier all the time. "Dutch-led criminal investigators said Wednesday they have solid evidence that a Malaysian jet was shot down by a Buk missile moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia. Wilbert Paulissen, head of the Central Crime Investigation department of the Dutch National Police, said communications intercepts showed that pro-Moscow rebels had called for deployment of the mobile surface-to-air weapon, and reported its arrival in rebel-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine." Russia, of course, is denying culpability.
In its roughly 125-year history, the Arizona Republic has never endorsed a Democratic candidate for president. Until now. "The 2016 Republican candidate is not conservative and he is not qualified," the editors write, as they throw their support to Hillary Clinton.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have reached a deal which is likely to avert a government shutdown. The biggest impediment had been the GOP's refusal to include funding for Flint water system reconstruction in the continuing resolution, and this solution provides an alternative measure likely to appease both sides. The funding for Flint will be included in the Water Resources and Development Act as an amendment to the version passed by the House of Representatives, one which will be passed in the senate. It now appears likely that Congress will in fact be able to keep the government open.
Monday night's debate may have inspired some in Congress, as Senate Minority Leader has decided to take a stand of his own. Reid is declining to allow a vote on a "bipartisan bill that would bolster U.S. spectrum availability and the deployment of wireless broadband." Why? Because of a "broken promise" made a year ago by Republicans, who have refused to vote on confirmation for a Democratic commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission to a second term. Harry Reid then took it a step further, invoking another confirmation vote still outstanding, that of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.