Here’s a roundup of the education articles that caught Next America’s eye from Mar. 17 to Mar. 24. All address trends that particularly affect minority students.
Racial Inequality Starts Early. Minority students in U.S. public schools face harsher discipline, have less access to rigorous math and science classes, and are educated by less experienced teachers, according to a comprehensive report from the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights. One of the most eye-popping data points: African-American preschoolers make up 18 percent of preschoolers, but 42 percent of students who get suspended from preschool. New York Times, Politico
Is the New York DREAM Act Dead? The New York state senate rejected by just two votes legislation that would have granted state tuition aid to undocumented immigrants. The more liberal state assembly now wants to include the measure in state budget negotiations, but state senate leaders aren’t exactly embracing the idea. And Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), a supporter of the DREAM Act, doesn’t seem to want to put effort into pushing the bill through the legislature. New York Times , New York Daily News
Does Parental Involvement Impact Test Scores? The largest-ever study of how parental involvement affects academic achievement found that it mostly doesn’t—at least, not in ways we can measure. Researchers found that forms of parental involvement like meeting with teachers, helping a student choose classes, or even disciplining students for getting bad grades, do little to boost kids’ standardized test scores. The results were seen regardless of a parent’s race, class, or level of education. The Atlantic
An HCBU With 35 Students. Atlanta’s Morris Brown College is a historically black institution that has shrunk almost to a single classroom. Even though the institution lost its accreditation in 2003, and is $30 million in debt, it’s still struggling on — in part to make sure that nearby Clark Atlanta University doesn’t take its land. American Public Media
Low-income Students Don’t Care About Rankings. 2013 survey data show that most low-income students prioritize location and affordability in choosing a college, according to a report from the American Council on Education. The report, which criticized the Obama administration’s proposed college rankings system, also cited a 2009 study that found only half of high-achieving low-income students find rankings useful in making college decisions. American Council on Education Center for Policy Research and Strategy
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Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor and Democratic National Committee chair, announced he's pulling out of the running to regain the chairman's post. Dean "announced in a pre-recorded video to a conference of state Democratic chairs that he would step aside to allow for a new face to lead the party as it seeks to rebuild."
"Once again, businessman and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein has come through for the National Park Service. This time, he's pledged funding needed to modernize the Washington Monument's elevator-- but the monument will remain closed until 2019 while repairs and improvements are underway. Rubenstein's donation of between $2-3 million, announced Friday, will correct those ongoing elevator issues, which have shuttered the monument since August 17."
The National Defense Authorization Act passed the House this morning by a 375-34 vote. The bill, which heads to the Senate next week for final consideration, would fund the military to the tune of $618.7 billion, "about $3.2 billion more than the president requested for fiscal 2017. ... The White House has issued a veto threat on both the House and Senate-passed versions of the bill, but has not yet said if it will sign the compromise bill released by the conference committee this week."
Bill Schuette, Michigan's attorney general, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the state to halt the recount of the state's voting results. The recount was elected by Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Schuette says the recount shouldn't occur because Stein cited no evidence of voter fraud or tabulation error.
"Republicans have elected Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) the next chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. Walden defeated Reps. John Shimkus (R-IL) and Joe Barton (R-TX), the former committee chairman, in the race for the gavel" to succeed Michgan's Fred Upton.