Education, the Great Equalizer

January 8th, 2014
A three-judge federal appeals court heard arguments for a second time in November 2014 week after the U.S. Supreme Court sent the case back for a closer look at the affirmative action case. Court observers believe conservative justices may be ready to reconsider past affirmative action decisions.
A federal appeals court is again judging the school's fairness and drafting a ruling that could change college affirmative action programs nationwide, sixty-seven years after the first lawsuit over who gets to attend the University of Texas. On one side, officials at the flagship campus in Austin insist they've developed a system that subtly includes race as one of seven factors for considering...
July 9th, 2013
College Prep
DETROIT (AP) - Joshua Thompson is part of Madonna University's incoming freshman class, but he and 24 other at-risk black males from Detroit schools will experience college and its challenges beginning with a special seven-week summer program. The program is part of Madonna's Bridging Lost Gaps and begins Sunday. It prepares inner city high school graduates, including black students and other...
April 29th, 2013
Urban Prep Educates Its Students Straight Into CollegeBy Glenn MinnisA Chicago public high school is not only beating the odds in terms of educating all its students, it’s giving concerned observers yet another layer to ponder in addressing the city’s ongoing gang and violence problem. Nestled in the heart of Englewood, one of the city’s most notorious and crime-ridden neighborhoods, for the...
March 21st, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) - Teachers say they are grouping students of similar abilities with each other inside classrooms and schools are clustering pupils with like interests together - a practice once frowned upon - according to a review of federal education surveys. The Brookings Institution report released Monday shows a dramatic increase in both ability grouping and student tracking among fourth- and...
March 20th, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The 64 schools in the women's NCAA basketball tournament combined to graduate 90 percent of their players. The findings are part of the annual report released Tuesday by the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport. The study also shows the gap between graduation rates of white and African-American players shrunk to 6 percentage points....

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