College Students See Nothing New In Admissions Scandal

College students say they’re not surprised that rich kids can buy their way into school. Details about the scandal — a $6 million bribe, beloved coaches on the take, parents who photo-doctor their kids’ faces onto the bodies of real athletes to impress admissions officials — aren’t a shock. The bigger surprise is that people are now actually getting busted for doing it



Education Dive: Colleges rarely recruit students from rural high schools

Dive Brief:

  • Colleges rarely send recruiters to rural high school campuses because doing so is not cost-effective. Recruiters can see many more students a day in urban or suburban communities, and students in rural areas often come from lower-income backgrounds and have greater college financial needs, making them less profitable for colleges, NPR reports.
  • Other challenges to rural recruiting come from the communities themselves. Students in rural areas are often hesitant to leave smaller communities they know and love and move to bustling college campuses. In addition, their parents often fear that students who attend college may leave their home area for good.
  • When rural students attend college, however, they help to increase the diversity of backgrounds on campus. Rural economies also benefit from having a more educated workforce and the national economy relies on rural communities. An influx of rural students can also help colleges as overall enrollment is declining.

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY March 14, 1968: King Speaks About the “Other America” in the North

#tdih 1968 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech in Detroit titled “The Other America” focusing on economic inequalities. King was interrupted over and over by hecklers calling him a traitor. Rosa Parks was there and commented on the event, as noted in the post below by Jeanne Theoharis.

Trump’s Proposed 2020 Budget Favors the Rich, Increases Inequality, and Shorts Public Education


Nobody paid much attention to President Trump’s 2020 federal budget proposal for education when it was released on Monday. The 2020, K-12 education budget is similar to what Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos proposed last year and also the year before.  In both of those years, a Republican-led House and Republican-led Senate increased allocations for core public school programs instead of cutting them, and Congress entirely rejected DeVos’s proposals for vouchers. This year, Democrats, who do not share the President’s priorities, dominate the House of Representatives, while key senators in both parties remain committed to maintaining what is already meager public school funding.

Summarizing proposed budget allocations for K-12 public education, Education Week‘s Andrew Ujifusa reports: “Title I funding for disadvantaged students, the single-largest federal funding program for public schools, remains flat at $15.9 billion in Trump’s budget pitch. Special education grants to states would also be…

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