New York Backs Off Funding Inmate Higher Education

State lawmakers balked at paying for inmates to go to college when law-abiding students have to pay.

Chino, Calif.: Dollars are tight.
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April 7, 2014, 1 a.m.

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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