The Next America produces a weekly roundup of education stories relevant to diversity. These stories date from Oct. 31 to Nov. 11.
AROUND THE NATION
STUDENTS' PATH TO DEGREES SHOW DISTINCT ROUTES BY ETHNICITY, RACE. A recent National Education Association gathering of union district leaders discussed suburban neighborhood demographics where white and Asian-American students attend largely white schools, and African-American or Latinos attend minority-majority schools. Gary Orfield of UCLA's Civil Rights Project said pre-K through grade 12 schooling should be reconceived to pre-K through 16, to improve chances of ascenscion to the middle class. Reported University of Wisconsin-Madison education professor Gloria Ladson-Billings on the stratified U.S. education system: "The 468 top-tier universities in the country are largely white and Asian. The 3,250 two-year, four-year lower-tier schools are black and Latino. They are overcrowded, they are under-resourced, you're less likely to graduate from one of these, and you're more likely to have to work while you're doing it. So, the system is unequal all the way through." NEA Today
- IN PUBLIC EDUCATION, EDGE STILL GOES TO RICH. New York Times
ARMY BACKS OFF FROM DROPPING 13 ROTC SCHOOLS IN 10 STATES. The Army is reconsidering its decision to end Reserve Officers Training Corps programs at 13 U.S. universities, opting to place those programs on probation rather than to suspend them. Those schools, largely in the South, that had been on the chopping block typically commission no more than 15 officers a year. The Army wants to focus on 56 markets that are more reflective of changing U.S. demographics. See the schools originally listed to close in 10 states, including three in Kentucky. New York Times