Here’s a roundup of the education articles that caught Next America’s eye from Mar. 31 to April 7. All address trends that particularly affect minority students.
Uncertain Future For Plan To Educate New York Inmates. A plan to use public money to pay for college programs in prisons has been dropped by New York State, even though supporters say the proposal could cut the state’s recidivism rates by as much as 40 percent. Governor Andrew Cuomo says the proposal has an “appearance issue”: namely, state lawmakers argue that prisoners shouldn’t be rewarded with a free education. Cuomo says he’s going to seek out philanthropic funding for a similar effort instead. About three-quarters of current inmates in the state are African American or Hispanic. Inside Higher Ed
Once Again, Ryan Budget Proposes Freezing Pell Grants. Congressional Republicans want to freeze federal Pell grants at their current level for a decade, restrict Pell eligibility to students who enroll full-time, and set an (unspecified) maximum-income cap. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan has argued for years that cuts are needed to make the cost of the Pell program sustainable over the long term. His latest budget stands little chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate. Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed
Are Children Thriving in Your State? White children are worst off in West Virginia, African-American children in Wisconsin, and Latino children in Alabama, according to indicators on health, education, and economic opportunity compiled by the nonprofit Annie E. Casey Foundation. Another interesting finding: immigrant children of all races were more likely to live with both parents than children in native-born families. Hechinger Report
All Financial Aid Is Not Created Equal. Low-income students are more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree within six years when they receive federal or state grants, according to a new study from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Paying for college with unsubsidized federal loans, on the other hand, makes low-income students less likely to graduate. Merit-based aid doesn’t seem to make much of a difference. Inside Higher Ed
Accepted into All Eight Ivies. Kwasi Enin, from Long Island, New York, caused a stir last week when news got out that he’d been accepted into all eight Ivy League universities. Enin, a first-generation American whose family hails from Ghana, has a stellar resume, including sky-high SAT scores. His high school counselor says that it’s usually a big deal when one of her students applies to one or two Ivies — let alone get acceptance letters from all of them. USA Today
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- 4 How the Government Pays Defense Contractors Tens of Billions for Nothing
- 5 GOP Proposal Could Undermine Obamacare’s Weakest Exchanges
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"An emerging government funding deal would see Democrats agree to $15 billion in additional military funding in exchange for the GOP agreeing to fund healthcare subsidies, according to two congressional officials briefed on the talks. Facing a Friday deadline to pass a spending bill and avert a shutdown, Democrats are willing to go halfway to President Trump’s initial request of $30 billion in supplemental military funding."
The Michael Flynn story is not going away for the White House as it tries to refocus its attention. The White House has denied requests from the House Oversight Committee for information and documents regarding payments that the former national security adviser received from Russian state television station RT and Russian firms. House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz and ranking member Elijah Cummings also said that Flynn failed to report these payments on his security clearance application. White House legislative director Marc Short argued that the documents requested are either not in the possession of the White House or contain sensitive information he believes is not applicable to the committee's stated investigation.
The Washington, D.C. area will undergo "a full-scale exercise" Wednesday morning "designed to prepare for the possibility of a complex coordinated terror attack in the National Capital Region." The drill will take place at six different sites throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. The drill should not be taken as a sign that emergency services are expecting an attack, said Scott Boggs, Managing Director of Homeland Security and Public Safety at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee "acknowledged late Monday that a final report it filed with the Federal Election Commission this month was riddled with errors, many of which were first identified through a crowdsourced data project at HuffPost." The committee raised about $100 million for the festivities, but the 500-page FEC report, which detailed where that money came from, was riddled with problems. The likely culprit: a system of access codes sent out by the GOP's ticketing system. Those codes were then often passed around on the secondary market.