Roundup

Harsher Discipline Starts Early for Black Students

An Education Department report finds African-American preschoolers are more likely to get suspended.

Attorney General Eric Holder (L) and Education Secretary Arne Duncan talk to preschoolers Dylan Hunt (2ndR) and Khalil Robinson (R) while they pretend to play doctors in their class at J.O. Wilson Elementry School. On March 21, 2014 in Washington, DC. Attorney General Holder and Secretary Duncan participated in discussion on the importance of universal access to preschool and the need to reduce unnecessary and unfair school discipline practices.
National Journal
Sophie Quinton
Add to Briefcase
See more stories about...
Sophie Quinton
March 24, 2014, 12:40 a.m.

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

What We're Following See More »
ANOTHER NUCLEAR OPTION?
Byrd Rule Could Trip Up Health Legislation
22 hours ago
THE DETAILS

"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.'”

Source:
ONE WEEK
Senate Votes To Fund Government
1 days ago
BREAKING
ON TO SENATE
House Passes Spending Bill
1 days ago
BREAKING

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 CALLS MEDICAID FUNDS A “BAILOUT”
Puerto Rico Another Sticking Point in Budget Talks
2 days ago
THE DETAILS

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."

Source:
POTENTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN?
Democrats Threaten Spending Bill Over Obamacare
2 days ago
BREAKING

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.

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login