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How The Systemic Segregation Of Schools Is Maintained By 'Individual Choices'... Sixty-three years after the Supreme Court's ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, many schools across the country either remain segregated or have re-segregated. Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that when it comes to school segregation, separate is never truly equal. "There's never been a moment in the history of this country where black people who have been isolated from white people have gotten the same resources," Hannah-Jones says.

"They often don't have the same level of instruction. They often don't have strong principals. Still, when it was time for Hannah-Jones' daughter, Najya, to attend kindergarten, the journalist chose the public school near their home in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, even though its students were almost all poor and black or Latino.

Before she joined The New York Times to cover racial injustice, Nikole Hannah-Jones was an award-winning reporter at Propublica. Toggle caption Kathy Ryan Interview highlights Brown v. What Colleges Can Do Right Now to Help Low-Income Students Succeed - The Chro... In the fall of 2008, a team of researchers began studying some 3,000 Pell Grant recipients who had enrolled in Wisconsin’s 42 public colleges and universities for the first time that year. At age 18, they were ambitious, committed (all began full time), and entirely unaware that, six years later, fewer than half of them would complete a degree of any kind. What they also did not know (yet) was that the research team, which I led, would follow them on their college journeys. In an effort to better understand why some students from low-income families, for whom the grants are intended, finish college and others do not, we took an uncommonly deep dive by surveying them from the start, examining their financial aid and academic records semester after semester, and talking with 50 of them in person year after year.

We stuck with those students, even when college wasn’t working out as planned, and even when they dropped out. Here are five things we learned: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Is This The Beginning Of The End For The SAT And ACT? : NPR Ed. Carol McMullen-Pettit (right), a Premier Tutor at The Princeton Review, goes over SAT test preparation with 11th-grader Suzane Nazir in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption itoggle caption Joe Raedle/Getty Images Carol McMullen-Pettit (right), a Premier Tutor at The Princeton Review, goes over SAT test preparation with 11th-grader Suzane Nazir in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Many high schoolers hoping to attend George Washington University in Washington, D.C., one of the top private universities in the country, breathed a sigh of relief this week.

GWU announced it will no longer require applicants to take the SAT or ACT. The move comes after the school formed a task force to study the pros and cons of going "test-optional. " Of particular concern were low-income, minority students who don't even bother to apply because their scores are too low. Paul Weeks, a senior vice president with ACT, says GWU's decision sounds like a marketing ploy. The Long Debate. Message to My Freshman Students | Keith M. Parsons. For the first time in many years I am teaching a freshman course, Introduction to Philosophy. The experience has been mostly good. I had been told that my freshman students would be apathetic, incurious, inattentive, unresponsive and frequently absent, and that they would exude an insufferable sense of entitlement. I am happy to say that this characterization was not true of most students. Still, some students are often absent, and others, even when present, are distracted or disengaged.

Some have had to be cautioned that class is not their social hour and others reminded not to send text messages in class. I have had to tell these students that, unlike high school, they will not be sent to detention if they are found in the hall without a pass, and that they are free to leave if they are not interested. Welcome to higher education! First, I am your professor, not your teacher. Secondly, universities are ancient and tend to do things the old-fashioned way. Hogwash. The ugly segregationist history of the charter school movement.

As a parent I find it easy to understand the appeal of charter schools, especially for parents and students who feel that traditional public schools have failed them. As a historical sociologist who studies race and politics, however, I am disturbed both by the significant challenges that plague the contemporary charter school movement, and by the ugly history of segregationist tactics that link past educational practices to the troubling present. The now-popular idea of offering public education dollars to private entrepreneurs has historical roots in white resistance to school desegregation after Brown v. Board of Education (1954). The desired outcome was few or, better yet, no black students in white schools. Two years before a federal court set a final desegregation deadline for fall 1959, local newspaper publisher J. In the first decade of the 2000s, charter school enrollment nearly tripled; today around 2.5 percent of public school students are enrolled in charters.

Curious City: Chicago Public Schools laid off truancy officers in 1992 and tr... Over the past few years, Curious City has answered many questions about Chicago streets: why they get cleaned, why some get names but others receive numbers, and why portions of the Kennedy Expressway sometimes switch directions. But what caught Saundra Oglesby’s attention is what’s missing from city streets, or rather who has been missing. We met Saundra just once, but her question needs little clarification: Why aren't truancy officers riding around like they used to? Saundra — a resident of Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood — is referring to the men and women once employed by Chicago Public Schools to track down students who did not turn up for class. “When we was growing up, they would pick us up, take us to the school, call our parents and say, ‘Hey, this kid is not in school, why aren’t you in school?’” Oglesby recalled. Hers is a fair question and, we learned, a timely one.

Truancy officers don’t make the cut But the job title — at least at the district level — disappeared after 1992. ACT college entrance exam, scoring tweaked Chicago Tribune 6/6/14. Starting next year, students who take the ACT college admission test will face a more complex task if they choose to write an essay and will receive new scores for English language arts and the combined fields of science and mathematics. The ACT, the nation’s most widely used admission test, will retain its total scoring scale of 1 to 36 and its format of assessing achievement in English, math, reading and science, with an optional essay. But changes to be announced Friday, coupled with others previously disclosed, show the ACT is evolving as the rival SAT admission test undergoes a major redesign that will debut in early 2016. “We are constantly seeking ways to bring new and innovative features to our customers,” ACT President Jon Erickson said.

Exactly when in 2015 the changes will take effect hasn’t been determined. The ACT essay prompt states an issue, for example, high school dress codes. In the high school class of 2013, about 1.8 million students took the ACT. Jul10TSFeature. The Hidden Culprit Behind Rising Tuition: Wall Street. By Lisa Wade, PhD, 9 hours ago at 09:00 am In the lasts 15 years, student debt has grown by over 1,000% and the debt held by public colleges and universities has tripled.

Where is the money going? The scholars behind a new report, Borrowing Against the Future: The Hidden Costs of Financing U.S. Higher Education, argue that profit is the culprit. They write: Scholars have offered several explanations for these high costs including faculty salaries, administrative bloat, and the amenities arms race. Sociologist Charlie Eaton and his colleagues crunched the numbers and found that spending on actual education has stagnated, while financial speculators have been taking an increasing amount of money off of the top. Higher education fills the pockets of investors in three ways: Take a look at this figure breaking down the sources of the rise in the cost of higher education. Want more? Professors’ Pet Peeves. I got this email from an Ivy League student when I arrived to give a speech. She was responsible for making sure that I was delivered to my hotel and knew where to go the next day: Omg you’re here! Ahh i need to get my shit together now lol. Jk. To say the least, this did not make me feel confident that my visit would go smoothly.

I will use this poor student to kick off this year’s list of Professors’ Pet Peeves. 1. Your instructors are not your friends. 2. No, you didn’t miss anything important. Of course you missed something important! If you’re concerned about what you missed, try this instead: Do the reading, get notes from a classmate (if you don’t have any friends in class, ask the professor if they’ll send an email to help you find a partner to swap notes with), read them over, and drop by office hours to discuss anything you didn’t understand. 3. We get it. Don’t do it. Just wait 10 more seconds until the class is actually over. 4. 5. 6. 7. Paper isn’t long enough? 8. 9. Wait. Mrs. Obama's Open Letter On Importance of Education - Michelle Obama On Impor... First Lady Michelle Obama, First Lady Marème Sall and principal Rouguy Ly Sal talk with students at a visit to the Martin Luther King Middle School, an all-girls school in Dakar, Senegal, June 27, 2013.

(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) Did you know that right now, 62 million girls around the world are not in school, and in some countries, fewer than ten percent of girls complete high school (as compared to 85 percent in the U.S.)? Did you know that when girls are educated, they go on to earn higher wages, get married later, and have healthier children who are more likely to attend school themselves? So you might be wondering: why on earth are so many girls worldwide not in school? There are many answers to this question. But often, the problem isn’t just about resources, it’s also about attitudes and beliefs. In some places, girls are viewed as less worthy of an education than boys, so when a family has limited funds, they’ll educate their sons instead of their daughters.

College sexual assault: A campus-by-campus report card. Students at Amherst College no longer have to worry about being judged by classmates or faculty who have traditionally adjudicated sexual assault complaints on campus. Instead, the liberal arts school will rely on independent, trained professionals from outside the academic community to oversee such charges. After a second full year of the new system, it’s just one of many changes being made on campuses across the country as tens of thousands of students return to schools under federal investigation for their handling of sexual assault incidents. Interactive: Colleges pending sexual assault investigations One in five women will face sexual assault while attending college, according to a government report. As students prepare for the fall semester, msnbc asked schools currently facing investigations to make public any changes in policy regarding the handling of sexual assault complaints.

NewsNation with Tamron Hall, 8/12/14, 12:16 PM ET What is happening on your campus? The Economic Impact of School Suspensions. A recent report found that African-American girls were suspended at much higher rates than their white peers, a phenomenon that leads to lower earnings and educational attainment in the long run. Swoan Parker/Reuters Tiambrya Jenkins was just 14 years old when she got into a fistfight that would change the course of her educational trajectory. Following an after-school scuffle between Jenkins and a white classmate, the two girls—both freshmen at Rome High School in Georgia—were transferred to an alternative school as punishment.

Her white classmate was allowed to return to their original school after 90 days. At the academy, minor missteps such as talking out of turn or violating the dress code were used as reasons to delay a student's return to high school, Jenkins says. Two years later, Jenkins is back at her old high school, but she still feels hopelessly behind. Share of Disciplined Female Students, by Race Jenkins is not alone in her experience.