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Trump On Education Department: 'Reverse This Federal Power Grab' Our weekly education news roundup: State officials criticize DeVos on student loan protections; and typos torpedo some grant applications for low-income students. Georgetown University To Offer Slave Descendants Preferential Admissions When Georgetown University announced they were going to try to make reparations to descendants of slaves held by the university more than a century ago, it raised tough questions for the families who stand to receive the reparations. Georgetown is offering preferential admissions to descendants, but one family with two students applying, have another idea. At TED This Week, Two Speakers Got To The Root Of Things At the TED Conference in Vancouver this week, two Fellows, Devita Davison and Damon Davis talked about putting ideas to work to invigorate marginalized communities from within. 19th Century Princess And Cookbook Author Was Also Georgia's First Feminist Princess Barbare Jorjadze is renowned for her cookbook. But she spent most of her life writing letters, poems and essays, to fight for a greater public role for Georgian women. A Path Out Of Poverty: Career Training + Quality Pre K A new study on an innovative program in Tulsa, Okla., that links quality Head Start services with job training and parental support shows it's improving the lives of both mothers and their children.
Who Gains And Who's Left Out Of Georgetown's Reparations Plan Georgetown University says it will try to atone to the descendants of slaves sold more than a century ago. One concrete step is "preferential admissions" for descendants, but it doesn't help everyone. This Week In Race: Fox Sued, Schools Resegregate, Shea Moisture Gets Thirsty A racial discrimination suit is filed against Fox. Is an Alabama school district getting around integration? Shea Moisture apologizes for a commercial. And, there's a new philanthropist in town. West Virginia State University Says It Is Suing Dow Chemical For Contamination The school alleges the chemical manufacturing giant is responsible for the elevated levels of three likely carcinogens in its groundwater. Its lawsuit asks that the company provide for their removal. After Ann Coulter Speech Cancellation, Protesters Rally At Berkeley The university and city of Berkeley saw dueling, but peaceful demonstrations with police on hand. Coulter suggested that she might "swing by" to greet supporters but never did. After Ann Coulter Backs Out Of Visit, UC Berkeley Braces For Free Speech Rallies UC Berkeley expects more unrest on Thursday. Conservative groups charge the campus with censorship after it canceled speeches by provocative speakers over safety concerns.
Want To Finish College? Go Full Time, At Least Part Of The Time Students who attend full time for at least one semester are 50 percent more likely to complete community college, a new study shows. New York City Announces Plan To Expand Universal Preschool To 3 Year Olds New York City has announced an ambitious plan to extend universal preschool to 3 year olds. Mayor Bill de Blasio says the effort will expand on the city's current program for 4 year olds. The Research Argument For NYC's Preschool Plan For 3-Year-Olds New York City's plan for universal preschool for 3-year-olds aligns with a growing body of research showing that the benefits of high-quality pre-K can persist for years. Nation's Report Card Finds Mixed Grades For U.S. Students In Visual Arts, Music It's the first time since 2008 that the federal government has released its assessment of U.S. eighth-graders in the arts. While there are some signs of progress, troubling achievement gaps remain. Student Loans: You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers Is trade school the ticket? Does the middle class have the worst debt woes? Listeners weigh in with burning student loan questions.