Blog: Higher Ed Beat
“I Walk the Line.” Nashville’s late, great Johnny Cash first sang that classic country anthem in 1956. This week in Tennessee’s Music City, journalists were urged to hold the line—as “the referee and truth teller in this fight we are having in education.”
The exhortation came from Nicholas Lemann, professor and dean emeritus at Columbia Journalism School, speaking at a May 18 banquet to honor winners of the 2013 National Awards for Education Reporting.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam laughingly admitted during a speech at the Education Writers Association’s National Seminar this week that his state hasn’t always been known as a “hotbed of education reform”—or frankly, a place known for its academic achievement.
Moreover, he wasn’t the state CEO who ushered in a series of dramatic education policy changes that has put the state on the national school reform map. Still, he said at the May 19 appearance in Nashville, he’s been the guy “standing in the doorway making sure we don’t retreat.”
Sixty years after the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, there’s still a wide gulf in educational opportunities for low-income and minority students and their more advantaged peers, including when it comes to access to rigorous coursework aimed at preparing students for college and the workforce, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told the audience at the Education Writers Association’s 67th National Seminar at Vanderbilt University in Nashville today.
Appalachian colleges are looking at a shrinking white population from which to draw students in the years to come. So, the Hechinger Report writes that they are trying to attract students from the growing Latino population.
Joél Muñoz is Mexican-American, learned English as a second language, and was the first in his family to graduate high school and college.
He also is the only Latino administrator in the Indianapolis Public Schools, even though about 22 percent of students are Latino. Only about 48 of the district’s teachers were Hispanic in 2011.
Higher education reporters have produced some first-rate stories in the past few days on a complex and critical topic: Title IX and campus sexual assault.
This week, the spirits of undocumented immigrant students were lifted in two large states: Virginia and Florida.
In Virginia, Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring announced on Tuesday that students raised in the state but brought into the country illegally as young children could qualify for in-state tuition.
In case you missed it, the recording is now available for our webinar on the approaching 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court decision which outlawed segregation in the nation’s public schools.
In fact, we need you to apply no later than the end of the day Friday, April 25. (We may make exceptions but you don’t want to risk get shut out, do you?)
Education and civil rights groups are already reacting with concern to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-2 decision Tuesday to uphold Michigan’s ban on affirmative action in state public universities’ admissions.
Many pointed toward the dissenting opinion by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who as a Latina raised in a low-income home has insights into the issue on a personal level.
For the first time, more Latino than white California students have been offered admission to attend the University of California system as freshmen.
Hope is fading that Florida will join other states in offering in-state tuition to certain undocumented immigrant residents attending public colleges and universities.
The Miami Herald reports that Florida Senate Budget Chairman Joe Negron, a Republican, cut off the bill’s progress by announcing that his committee would not hold a vote on it.