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Education Reform Sweeping Across The Country And Under The Radar

by Julianne Hing on May 7 2010, 9:40AM

Education reform doesn’t seem to be getting the national headlines that financial regulation, climate change, and even the perpetually unpopular immigration reform gets. But the move to remake federal education policy is already happening around the country. Colorado is currently…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Charles Murray to the Rescue of Failing Charter Schools

by Tammy Johnson on May 6 2010, 9:00AM

There are some people that the mainstream media just can’t get enough of. Case in point is Mr. Bell Curve himself, Charles Murray, whom the New York Times saw fit to give prime time op-ed space yesterday. Murray’s piece references…

Topics: Schools & Youth, The Compact

Arne Duncan’s Got Ideas To Help Latino Students Graduate from College

by Julianne Hing on April 22 2010, 8:35AM

The Secretary of Education shared his broad ideas for helping support the retention of Latino students in higher education earlier this week. Duncan spoke at the 15th Annual National Capitol forum on Hispanic Higher Education on Monday about the need…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Mississippi Ordered to Stop Segregating Its Schools

by Julianne Hing on April 14 2010, 4:22PM

The Department of Justice announced that a federal judge ordered a Mississippi county to stop the illegal practice of allowing white students to transfer out of their assigned high schools to the county’s only white-majority high school. The Washington…

Topics: Schools & Youth

NCAA Champs: Duke Succeeds in Basketball and Graduation Rates

NCAA Champs: Duke Succeeds in Basketball and Graduation Rates

by Hatty Lee on April 6 2010, 2:09PM

Last night, Duke University took the NCAA championship title. Honestly, I was rooting for the underdog Butler. But it was a good game. Props to the two teams’ basketball skills, but also to the fact that the graduation rates for…

Topics: Schools & Youth, Sports

Obama Administration Offers Support for UT Austin’s Affirmative Action Policies

by Julianne Hing on April 2 2010, 3:43PM

The Obama Administration filed an amicus brief in support of the University of Texas, Austin, which includes a component that considers race and ethnicity in its admissions decisions. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is currently hearing a case brought…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Classroom to Courtroom: Lawsuit Tackles Rhode Island’s Court for ‘Wayward’ Students

by Michelle Chen on March 30 2010, 6:15AM

Rhode Island wants its kids to stay in school. Or else. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Monday charging that the state’s anti-truancy policy not only ignores children’s legitimate reasons for not attending school, but subjects…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Nation’s Report Card on Schools: Needs Improvement

by Michelle Chen on March 26 2010, 7:24PM

Two dramas played out in the education system this week. While New York activists scored a court ruling barring the closure of 19 “underperforming” schools, Washington mulled over the latest national report card in reading and math. The results of…

Topics: Schools & Youth

College Students Need Government Aid More Than Sallie Mae Does

by Julianne Hing on March 24 2010, 5:17PM

Visual design: Hatty Lee Check out our past coverage to see what else you can look forward to when SAFRA becomes law. It is expected to pass when the Senate votes later this week on the reconciliation bill, but student…

Topics: Schools & Youth

School Grounds as Battlefield: Political Lessons at an Arabic-themed School

by Michelle Chen on March 19 2010, 2:41PM

In 2007, New York City public schools were poised to break new cultural ground. The city established the Khalil Gibran International Academy, a comprehensive public school specializing in the Arabic language. The grade 6-12 school, the first of its…

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Obama’s No Child Left Behind: New Name, Same Sketchy Policies

by Julianne Hing on March 16 2010, 4:37PM

This past Saturday the Obama administration released its plan for the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, which is hereafter to be referred to by its new—well, make that old—name as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. ESEA was originally…

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NCAA Champions But College Dropouts? 80 Percent of Black B-Ball Athletes Won't Graduate

NCAA Champions But College Dropouts? 80 Percent of Black B-Ball Athletes Won’t Graduate

by Hatty Lee on March 16 2010, 4:02PM

With March Madness starting this week, The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, at the University of Central Florida released “Keeping Score When It Counts: Graduation Rates for 2010 NCAA Men’s Divsion I Basketball Tournament Teams.” This study compares…

Topics: Schools & Youth, Sports

Community College Funds, Pell Grants Getting Cut In Last Days of Student Loan Reform Fight

by Julianne Hing on March 15 2010, 3:30PM

In the span of a week, the student loan reform bill (commonly known as SAFRA) was alive, then nearly killed, and then quickly revived. Credit’s being given to folks around the country who jammed their senators’ phone lines and put…

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The Morning Browse: Big Stuff in Today’s News

by Kai Wright on March 15 2010, 6:00AM

President Obama discusses his blueprint for an updated Elementary and Secondary Education Act to overhaul No Child Left Behind. Clarence Thomas’ wife is holding her own Tea Party. The LA Times profiles an effort she launched in January to…

Topics: Economy, Media, Race and Recession, Schools & Youth

Rewriting History in Texas

by Michelle Chen on March 13 2010, 8:38PM

Rewriting history sounds like a daunting task, but an elite group of educational “experts” in Texas makes it look easy. In the Lone Star State, all you need to dictate education policy is an abiding faith in dead white men,…

Topics: History, Immigration, Politics, Schools & Youth

Democrats Who Oppose Student Loan Reform Love Banks More Than They Care About Students

by Julianne Hing on March 11 2010, 11:15AM

Time’s running out for student loan reform, and it’s being held up by Democrats in Congress. CBS is reporting that some nine senators currently oppose SAFRA, the student loan reform bill that would replace government subsidies of private (and predatory)…

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Anarchists Draw Heat After CA Student Walk-Outs

by Jamilah King on March 5 2010, 2:58PM

The fallout from yesterday’s massive student protests in California continues. After a day of mostly peaceful rallies and demonstrations, the scene took a violent turn in Oakland when a group of about over a hundred protestors marched onto the…

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White House To Invest $850 Million For Black Colleges And Universities

by Jorge Rivas on March 2 2010, 11:02AM

An 8 person drumline from Virginia State University plays in the Cross Hall of the White House before an event honoring Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter signed Executive Order 12232, which established a federal…

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Moving On Up and Hitting a Wall: Social Mobility in the U.S. and Europe

by Michelle Chen on February 10 2010, 8:28PM

America: land of opportunity… if you’re lucky enough to be born into one. The crumbling of the American Dream is in plain view across the country, especially in the urban centers and desolate ghost towns that have long been…

Topics: Economy, Global Affairs, Schools & Youth

Sex Ed Wars Continue in Communities of Color

by Michelle Chen on February 10 2010, 5:02PM

For the past several days, reproductive health advocates have been wrestling with something of a sexual counterrevolution. A new study appears to support abstinence-based sexuality education, which, on the surface, may undercut the case for comprehensive sex-ed, which focuses on…

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