‘Continue Your Education After High School’

Roundup: In kicking off an Obama administration initiative, the first lady implores D.C. sophomores to reach for college after high school.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 12: First lady Michelle Obama speaks to students about higher education during an event at the Bell Multicultural High School, November 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. The first lady told students to commit to their education so that they can create a better future for themselves and their country. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Nov. 17, 2013, 11:58 p.m.

The Next Amer­ica pro­duces a weekly roundup of edu­ca­tion stor­ies rel­ev­ant to di­versity. These stor­ies date from Nov. 11 to Nov. 18.

HIGH­ER EDU­CA­TION

FIRST LADY’S NEW INI­TI­AT­IVE: COL­LEGE, “WHATEVER IT TAKES.” Step­ping for­ward to boost the pres­id­ent’s edu­ca­tion ef­forts, Michelle Obama urged sopho­mores at Bell Mul­ti­cul­tur­al High School in Wash­ing­ton to in­crease the op­por­tun­it­ies avail­able to them by pur­su­ing high­er edu­ca­tion. In kick­ing off an ini­ti­at­ive that seeks to in­crease the num­ber of low-in­come stu­dents gradu­at­ing from col­lege, she said, “No mat­ter what path you choose, no mat­ter what dreams you have, you have got to do whatever it takes to con­tin­ue your edu­ca­tion after high school.” The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion wants the U.S. to rank atop the world in per­cent­age of col­lege gradu­ates by 2020, the year cur­rent high school sopho­mores on a tra­di­tion­al path will gradu­ate. New York Times

IN TEXAS COURTROOM, A BATTLE RE­SUMES OVER RACE. The U.S. Court of Ap­peals for the 5th Cir­cuit once more be­came ground zero for a cru­cial battle over race in the classroom. And again, in Fish­er v. Uni­versity of Texas at Aus­tin, it seemed that the op­pon­ents of af­firm­at­ive ac­tion could lose at this level — po­ten­tially send­ing the deeply fraught is­sue back to the Su­preme Court. Re­u­ters

RE­PORT EM­PHAS­IZES IM­PORT­ANCE OF LATINO COL­LEGE COM­PLE­TION IN CALI­FOR­NIA.  Lati­nos in Cali­for­nia have “un­ac­cept­ably low rates” of col­lege com­ple­tion that must im­prove so that the state has a strong fu­ture, ac­cord­ing to “The State of Lati­nos in High­er Edu­ca­tion in Cali­for­nia,” a re­port com­piled by the non­profit group, the Cam­paign for Col­lege Op­por­tun­ity. The most stark fact il­lus­trat­ing the chal­lenge is that in 2011, only about 11 per­cent of Latino adults ages 25 or older held a bach­el­or’s de­gree in the state, com­pared with 39 per­cent of white adults. Latino Ed Beat

  • HIGH NUM­BER OF LATI­NOS IN CALI­FOR­NIA CHOOSE COM­MUNITY COL­LEGE. Fu­tur­ity

STU­DENT-LOAN BOR­ROW­ERS MAY GET RE­LIEF FROM FOR-PROFIT COL­LEGES. The Edu­ca­tion De­part­ment has re­leased a pro­pos­al that sig­nals more ag­gress­ive poli­cing of for-profit col­leges. The rules would make it easi­er to cut off fund­ing to low-per­form­ing schools and, in some cases, force col­leges to help bor­row­ers who are stuck with large debts and low earn­ings. Busi­ness Week

SOME FAC­ULTY DE­MAND SKIN-COL­OR-BASED HIR­ING. Some fac­ulty at the Uni­versity of Ari­zona have said they be­lieve there are not enough people of col­or em­ployed as pro­fess­ors on cam­pus and are clam­or­ing for ad­min­is­trat­ors to en­force a way to even out the num­bers. Since 2009, the uni­versity has hired 40 Asi­an, three black, and 12 Latino edu­cat­ors, two schol­ars of “two or more races,” and 178 white edu­cat­ors, ac­cord­ing to uni­versity fig­ures. Edu­ca­tion Views

UN­DOC­U­MENTED STU­DENTS UR­GING NORTH CAR­O­LINA TO OF­FER THEM IN-STATE TU­ITION. A group rep­res­ent­ing un­doc­u­mented im­mig­rant youths in North Car­o­lina re­newed its struggle Monday to have those stu­dents pay in-state tu­ition at pub­lic uni­versit­ies, by means of an on­line pe­ti­tion and tele­phone calls to the state at­tor­ney gen­er­al and edu­ca­tion of­fi­cials. Latino Daily News

PRESCHOOL AND K-12

WHY UNI­VER­SAL PRESCHOOL IS ES­PE­CIALLY IM­PORT­ANT FOR KIDS OF COL­OR. Ex­pand­ing preschool wouldn’t just be­ne­fit all chil­dren, their fam­il­ies, and the eco­nomy — it would have par­tic­u­larly strong be­ne­fits for the coun­try’s chil­dren of col­or, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent re­port from the Cen­ter for Amer­ic­an Pro­gress. More than 60 per­cent of His­pan­ic chil­dren ages 3 to 4, more than half of Afric­an-Amer­ic­an chil­dren, and just few­er than half of Asi­an-Amer­ic­an chil­dren don’t at­tend preschool. Yet ac­cord­ing to stud­ies, 4-year-olds at­tend­ing preschool show aca­dem­ic gains over their white peers. Think­Pro­gress

MIN­NEAPOL­IS PON­DERS 2 TEACH­ERS PER CLASSROOM IN BID TO CLOSE ACHIEVE­MENT GAP. Some classrooms in Min­neapol­is’ strug­gling schools could soon have two teach­ers as the dis­trict turns to drastic steps to boost achieve­ment in the wake of a re­port that shows aca­dem­ic res­ults for minor­ity stu­dents con­tin­ue to lag. The Star Tribune

SUR­VEY: STU­DENTS FOR­GO­ING AD­VISERS WHO CAN HELP THEM GRADU­ATE. At a time when re­search shows that aca­dem­ic ad­vising is a key to help­ing col­lege stu­dents gradu­ate on time, most say they aren’t get­ting it. Sixty per­cent of stu­dents say someone oth­er than an aca­dem­ic ad­viser is a primary source of in­form­a­tion about their school­work. About a third of fresh­men and 18 per­cent of seni­ors rely on friends and fam­ily, and an­oth­er 18 per­cent rely on fac­ulty who are not as­signed as their ad­visers. Hechinger Re­port

MI­GRANT EDU­CA­TION PRO­GRAM LOOKS TO GIVE FARM­WORK­ERS’ KIDS A BOOST. While the Mi­grant Edu­ca­tion Pro­gram serves about 345,000 stu­dents ages 3 to 21 — most of them Latino — across the coun­try, about 80,000 of them reside in Cali­for­nia. With­in Cali­for­nia’s Im­per­i­al Val­ley, 7,000 are offered tu­tor­ing and are helped with cred­its they might miss be­cause their fam­il­ies move around dur­ing the school year. Fronter­as Desk via The Gaz­ette

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