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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The Commission on Presidential Debates put out a statement today that gives credence to Donald Trump's claims that he had a bad microphone on Monday night. "Regarding the first debate, there were issues regarding Donald Trump's audio that affected the sound level in the debate hall," read the statement in its entirety.
"A video of Donald Trump testifying under oath about his provocative rhetoric about Mexicans and other Latinos is set to go public" as soon as today. "Trump gave the testimony in June at a law office in Washington in connection with one of two lawsuits he filed last year after prominent chefs reacted to the controversy over his remarks by pulling out of plans to open restaurants at his new D.C. hotel. D.C. Superior Court Judge Brian Holeman said in an order issued Thursday evening that fears the testimony might show up in campaign commercials were no basis to keep the public from seeing the video."
No matter that his recall of foreign leaders leaves something to be desired, Gary Johnson is the choice of the Chicago Tribune's editorial board. The editors argue that Donald Trump couldn't do the job of president, while hitting Hillary Clinton for "her intent to greatly increase federal spending and taxation, and serious questions about honesty and trust." Which leaves them with Johnson. "Every American who casts a vote for him is standing for principles," they write, "and can be proud of that vote. Yes, proud of a candidate in 2016."
"By all means vote, just not for Donald Trump." That's the message from USA Today editors, who are making the first recommendation on a presidential race in the paper's 34-year history. It's not exactly an endorsement; they make clear that the editorial board "does not have a consensus for a Clinton endorsement." But they state flatly that Donald Trump is, by "unanimous consensus of the editorial board, unfit for the presidency."