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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"Even if House Republicans manage to get enough members of their party on board with the latest version of their health care bill, they will face another battle in the Senate: whether the bill complies with the chamber’s arcane ... Byrd rule, which stipulates all provisions in a reconciliation bill must affect federal spending and revenues in a way that is not merely incidental." Democrats should have the advantage in that fight, "unless the Senate pulls another 'nuclear option.'”
The House has passed a one-week spending bill that will avert a government shutdown which was set to begin at midnight. Lawmakers now have an extra week to come to a longer agreement which is expected to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year in September. The legislation now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to pass before President Trump signs it.
President Trump’s portrayal of an effort to funnel more Medicaid dollars to Puerto Rico as a "bailout" is complicating negotiations over a continuing resolution on the budget. "House Democrats are now requiring such assistance as a condition for supporting the continuing resolution," a position that the GOP leadership is amenable to. "But Mr. Trump’s apparent skepticism aligns him with conservative House Republicans inclined to view its request as a bailout, leaving the deal a narrow path to passage in Congress."
Democrats in the House are threatening to shut down the government if Republicans expedite a vote on a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, said Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer Thursday. Lawmakers have introduced a one-week spending bill to give themselves an extra week to reach a long-term funding deal, which seemed poised to pass easily. However, the White House is pressuring House Republicans to take a vote on their Obamacare replacement Friday to give Trump a legislative victory, though it is still not clear that they have the necessary votes to pass the health care bill. This could go down to the wire.