Diversity Roundup: Is Teach for America Really Improving Poorly Performing Schools?

The Ever-Elusive Swing Vote: Although one-third of Americans identify as independents, the number of true swing voters whose votes could decide the election is actually between 2 to 3 percent, according to polling experts as reported by the New York Times. Based on past behavior, many swing voters will be young, female or will not have graduated from college, the Times reports. In addition, in three battleground states--Colorado, Florida and Nevada--Hispanics are expected to make up as much as one-fifth of the swayable.

Is Teach for America Working? As Teach for America prepares to send 10,000 recruits to low-income school districts across the nation, critics are questioning whether the program, meant to encourage top college graduates to teach in needy areas, is actually fulfilling its purpose, Reuters reports. Critics say the program sends inadequately prepared teachers to the nation's lowest performing schools, and that the public money allocated for TFA would be better spent elsewhere. Supporters say TFA recruits are a strong investment that result in 90 percent of its principals saying TFA teachers are as good as veterans.

For So-Called Dreamers, Barriers to College Still Remain: Despite Obama's two-year deportation deferral program that grants work permits to eligible young illegal immigrants, some are finding that barriers to succeeding legally in the U.S. are still ever-present, the Associated Press reports. Many have dreams to go to college, and while the immediate threat of deportation has been removed, the largest barriers--including financial burdens--still mean big struggles for many.

California Considers Benefits for Domestic Workers: Nannies, cooks, babysitters--often lumped into the category of domestic workers--may have basic labor rights extended to them if a proposed bill by the California legislature passes, the New York Times reports. Domestic workers often get paid low wages and work long hours, but the legislation would extend federal labor laws to entitle workers to overtime pay and time for meals and breaks among other rights.