Here’s a roundup of the education articles that caught Next America’s eye from Dec. 30 to Jan. 6. All address trends that particularly affect minority students.
FEDERAL WORK-STUDY MONEY BENEFITS WEALTHIER STUDENTS. Nearly a quarter of students receiving work-study aid come from families with incomes of more than $80,000 a year, and about half of recipients attend private, nonprofit universities, according to the Education Department. Less than 2 percent of community-college students — who are more likely to be low-income — have work-study jobs. The 50-year-old formula that determines allocation of public dollars benefits high-cost colleges that have been invested in work-study for a long time. The Hechinger Report
HOW CUNY’S ASAP PROGRAM SPEEDS DEGREE COMPLETION. A program that guarantees free tuition and textbooks, intensive advising, and a structured schedule is increasing associate’s degree completion at the City University of New York. An analysis of low-income students needing remediation found that a third of students taking part in Accelerated Study in Associate Programs graduated in two and a half years, compared with less than a fifth of normally enrolled students. CUNY, a diverse urban college system, is working with nonprofit Complete College America to bring the pathway to community colleges in other cities. Chronicle of Higher Education
BOOSTING PH.D. DIVERSITY BY DEEMPHASIZING THE GRE. A partnership between Vanderbilt and Fisk, a historically black university, has increased minority participation in science doctoral programs in part by emphasizing character over test scores in admissions decisions. The Master’s-to-Ph.D. Bridge Program has accepted 68 students since 2004, 55 of whom come from underrepresented minority groups. Students who complete the program have a 100 percent job-acceptance rate. NPR
COMMON CORE COULD HURT ENGLISH-LANGUAGE LEARNERS. Some educators are worrying that new K-12 academic standards, with their emphasis on complex reasoning, could hurt non-native English speakers. The Hechinger Report heads to a California elementary school to find out how the new standards are changing math class. The Hechinger Report
WHY ARE L.A.’S iPADS SO EXPENSIVE? The Los Angeles Unified School District is paying $768 per tablet, compared with $200-a-piece devices some San Diego students are using. Other districts are paying even less to put more technology in students’ hands. L.A. Schools Superintendent John Deasey says the district wants to give students get the best: The devices are high-end Apple iPads that come with additional math and English curriculum materials. Los Angeles Times
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"An emerging government funding deal would see Democrats agree to $15 billion in additional military funding in exchange for the GOP agreeing to fund healthcare subsidies, according to two congressional officials briefed on the talks. Facing a Friday deadline to pass a spending bill and avert a shutdown, Democrats are willing to go halfway to President Trump’s initial request of $30 billion in supplemental military funding."
The Michael Flynn story is not going away for the White House as it tries to refocus its attention. The White House has denied requests from the House Oversight Committee for information and documents regarding payments that the former national security adviser received from Russian state television station RT and Russian firms. House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz and ranking member Elijah Cummings also said that Flynn failed to report these payments on his security clearance application. White House legislative director Marc Short argued that the documents requested are either not in the possession of the White House or contain sensitive information he believes is not applicable to the committee's stated investigation.
The U.S. deployed "F-35 joint strike fighters" to Estonia on Tuesday. The "jets will stay in Estonia for several weeks and will be a part of training flights with U.S. and other NATO air forces." The move comes at a time of high tension between the U.S. and Estonia's neighbor, Russia. The two nations have been at odds over a number of issues recently, most of all being Vladimir Putin's support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in light of Assad's chemical weapons attack on his own people in the midst of a civil war.