Department of Education

Use of the ‘N-Word’ is Far From the Only Measure of Racism

Omarosa Manigault Newman, the president’s former aide, claims there is a tape of him using the vile racial slur. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she “can’t guarantee” that a tape doesn’t exist. Trump tweeted, “I don’t have that word in my vocabulary.” The press pursued the question as if this would establish for one and for all whether Trump is a racist.

Children on the Front Lines

I am so proud of the Freedom Schools scholars who have learned they are following in the footsteps of children and youths who were the foot soldiers and infantry of the Civil Rights Movement. Some of their stories from the Movement are well known: six-year-old Ruby Bridges in New Orleans walked through White mobs to attend school—even praying for those jeering at her; the Little Rock Nine; the four little girls killed in the bombing of Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church. Thousands of children were on the frontlines of history. Whether sung or unsung heroes, we owe all of them a debt of gratitude.

Our Children Are at Risk

A few years ago, his Department of Education, in conjunction with the Department of Justice, studied school discipline data and came to a troubling conclusion: African American students in the 2011-12 school year had been suspended or expelled at a rate three times higher than White students.

School Choice Not the Right Choice for All Students

The Trump Administration has proposed to decrease funding to authorized investments for public schools while increasing funding opportunities for school choice programs and private school vouchers. Ninety percent of children in America attend public schools. Increased funding to school choice programs, while reducing funding to public schools is a strategy that leaves behind our most vulnerable students

Blacks Have a lot to Lose with Trump’s New Budget

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, titled “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” targets a number of programs for severe cuts or outright elimination—programs that often help poor, working-class and Black families.

Dr. John King: A Necessary Voice for Vulnerable Students

For the first time in the nation’s history, the majority of children who attend U.S. public schools are students of color. While it is unquestionable that the growing diversity among our young students is an asset to this nation, we cannot ignore the unique challenges that many students of color face within our school system that hinder their academic achievement. Although more Black and Latino students are enrolling in higher education, too many are still not college-ready. Given these challenges, it is important that our educational leaders take into account the unique challenges and lived experiences of students of color.

Bass introduces bipartisan legislation to curb recidivism, increase opportunities for ex-offenders

In light of President Obama’s work to stem over-incarceration, Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calf.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, recently introduced bipartisan legislation that would bolster the Administration’s efforts to eliminate barriers to education for ex-offenders. H.R. 4004, the “Stopping Unfair Collateral Consequences from Ending Student Success Act” or the SUCCESS Act, would repeal the law that makes it all but impossible for people with a drug conviction, no matter how petty, to apply for federal financial aid for education. A section of the Higher Education Act suspends college aid for a person who is convicted of a drug

Cal State Dominguez Hills receives $2.3 million to assist military veterans and other underserved students

To improve services for more than 220 military veteran students, those with disabilities, former foster youth, and many others on campus, California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) has received two U.S. Department of Education (DOE) TRIO grants totaling $2.3 million for its Student Support Services programs. One of the five-year DOE grants has been allocated to CSUDH’s new Students Support Services—Veterans (SSS-Veterans) program. The $1.1 million grant will be used to add professional and student support staff to help improve veterans’ college retention and graduation rates. The program also provides specialized academic tutoring for veterans, advice and assistance in course