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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"President Trump is expected to announce that Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci will be White House communications director, according to two sources familiar with the planning. Trump has left the role open since Mike Dubke resigned in May, and the President has vented frequently to his friends about the performance of his press operation." According to NBC News, Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus are resisting the move.
"President Donald Trump's second-quarter job approval rating has fallen below what any other past president has gotten during the same time frame. A new Gallup poll found that Trump averaged a 38.8% rating between April 20 and July 19. The average approval rating for that time is 62%. President Obama was at the average during this time period, as was President Nixon. President Clinton is the only president who was below 50% by the second quarter, coming in with a 44% approval rating." There is also a large partisan gap. "Just 8% of Democrats approved of Trump's job performance during the second quarter, but 85% of Republicans did. Approval ratings have become increasingly polarized in recent administrations, but the 77-point gap for Trump is a new record."
"The US government will soon prohibit American citizens from traveling to North Korea, according to two tour groups that cater to Western tourists who want to visit the secretive country. The US will announce the ban within a couple of days, said Simon Cockerell, general manager of Beijing-based Koryo Tours. The agency was informed of the development by officials of the Swedish government, which represents America's interests in North Korea, he told CNN."
"Federal arts and humanities programs targeted for elimination by the Trump administration would get a lifeline from House appropriators willing to ignore the president’s proposal and keep them running. The $31.5 billion fiscal 2018 Interior-Environment spending bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday includes $145 million for the National Endowment for the Arts. While that’s still a 3.2 percent cut from the fiscal year 2017 enacted level, it is more than $116 million above Trump’s budget request. The National Endowment for the Humanities would receive $145 million in fiscal 2018, which is $103.7 million above the White House budget request."