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As Duncan Departs, Obama Admin Gets an A+ in High School Graduation Rates

U.S. students are graduating from high school at a higher rate than ever before, according to data released today by the U.S. Department of Education this month.  This week, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan departed his posi...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Spring Valley High police brutality video demonstrates school to prison pipeline

Yesterday a disturbing new video was circulated on social media of a police officer assaulting a young black girl who was seated in a chair in her classroom at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina. You can watc...
by Adriana Maestas
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Hillary Clinton proposes “New College Compact” to tackle college affordability

Yesterday Hillary Clinton unveiled a $350 billion plan to address college affordability. The plan addresses the cost of college at four year public institutions, makes low interest loans and grants more widely available, and w...
by Adriana Maestas
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Black and Latino student loan borrowers more likely to express regret about education funding decisions

The Pew Charitable Trusts released a report that shows Black and Latino student loan borrowers expressing more regret about the decisions that they made to fund their education. The Pew’s Survey of American Family Finances r...
by Adriana Maestas
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Rep. Alma Adams + @RepByrne to Launch First #HBCU Caucus in Congress

There’s a Bike Caucus There’s a Tea Party Caucus. There’s a Chicken Caucus. Now, finally, thanks to new Black Caucus member Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) and Alabama Republican Bradley Byrne, there will be a Congress...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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President Obama Said to Be Critical of #HBCUs During CBC Meeting

“These are difficult times for our institutions, our students and their families – even more difficult than when we first began this journey together in 2009.”  — Hampton University President William Harvey,...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Childhood poverty: majority of U.S. public school students eligible for free or reduced lunch

Rising income inequality in the U.S. has produced a startling statistic: 51% of U.S. public school children in pre-K through 12th grade were eligible under the federal program for free and reduced-price lunches in the 2012-201...
by Adriana Maestas
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President Obama to propose plans for 2 years of free community college

President Obama announced on Thursday that he is proposing a program that would pay the community college tuition of students who are making steady progress toward degree completion. According to the White House, the program wo...
by Adriana Maestas
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