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Sargrad, Scott; Partelow, Lisette; Yin, Jessica – Center for American Progress, 2019
The 2018 elections were historic on many levels, with the highest turnout in a midterm year since 1914, record numbers of women winning office, and the first Native American and Muslim women ever elected to Congress. At the state level, 36 governors' races were on the ballot, and 20 newly elected governors take office in January. As these 20 new…
Descriptors: State Government, Statewide Planning, Educational Policy, Advisory Committees
Garcia, Sara; Mawell, Connor – Center for American Progress, 2019
Although black male students are overrepresented on high-profile NCAA basketball and football teams, they actually represent the minority of athletes and athletic aid recipients in the Power Five conferences. In these conferences, there are more than twice as many white male athletes as black male athletes. The real imbalance becomes clear when…
Descriptors: College Students, African American Students, Males, Student Athletes
Flores, Antoinette – Center for American Progress, 2019
On April 3, 2019, the U.S. Department of Education completed the first part of its months-long effort to deregulate higher education in the name of "innovation." The process was as wonky, arcane, and convoluted as anything in the halls of the federal government. But the result set in motion would be a momentous change for taxpayers and…
Descriptors: Politics of Education, Higher Education, Federal Regulation, Accreditation (Institutions)
Fiddiman, Bayliss; Yin, Jessica – Center for American Progress, 2019
Since Betsy DeVos became the secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, she has continued to push for a federally funded private school voucher program. These programs currently exist in 29 states and provide state support--through direct payments or tax credits--for students to attend private schools. Some states have historically used…
Descriptors: Educational Vouchers, Private Schools, Civil Rights, Program Effectiveness
Jimenez, Laura; Flores, Antoinette – Center for American Progress, 2019
Over the course of two short years and through quiet regulatory actions, many of which have not garnered many headlines, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has loosened accountability for U.S. schools and colleges, putting millions of students at risk of civil rights abuses and fraudulent financial schemes. Through aggressive use of its regulatory…
Descriptors: Federal Regulation, Accountability, Civil Rights, Federal Government
Yuen, Victoria – Center for American Progress, 2019
Recently released U.S. Department of Education data have revealed new insights into the college outcomes of low-income students. The new data offer some positive news--but they also present warning signs about just how poorly some sectors of higher education are serving students who receive the Pell Grant, the main federal grant offered to…
Descriptors: Low Income Students, College Students, Student Financial Aid, Grants
Jimenez, Laura – Center for American Progress, 2019
While most infrastructure discussions consider transportation, energy, and more, they too often ignore K-12 public schools, which welcome more than 50 million children and adults every day. K-12 public schools represent the nation's second-largest infrastructure sector. Schools are economic drivers, as well-prepared students will earn $1 million…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Federal Aid, Public Schools, Elementary Secondary Education
Campbell, Colleen – Center for American Progress, 2019
The United States has boosted attainment rates over the past decade, with the share of young adults with at least an associate degree increasing by 20 percent, resulting in an additional 5 million more individuals earning a college degree. But these gains in postsecondary attainment are not evenly distributed across the country. Of the 218.6…
Descriptors: Educational Attainment, Postsecondary Education, Whites, African Americans
Miller, Ben – Center for American Progress, 2019
In 2017, the U.S. Department of Education released groundbreaking data showing that half of Black or African American borrowers who first entered college in the 2003-04 academic year defaulted on their student loans within 12 years. New federal data released this fall show that these numbers have not improved: Black or African American borrowers…
Descriptors: Student Loan Programs, Educational Finance, African American Students, College Students
Campbell, Neil; Quirk, Abby – Center for American Progress, 2019
In 1998, Angela Jerabek, a guidance counselor at a high school outside Minneapolis, grew frustrated watching too many ninth-graders fail courses year after year. Her principal encouraged her to come up with a new strategy to address the problem, knowing that failed classes too often lead students to drop out of high school. By the next school…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, High Schools, High School Students, Intervention
Brown, Catherine; Quirk, Abby – Center for American Progress, 2019
Far too often, young people do not receive honest and clear information about how to ask for and receive consent and how to promote healthy intimate relationships. Last May, the Center for American Progress (CAP) published an issue brief highlighting that, of the 24 states that mandate sex education, only 11 states and Washington, D.C., included…
Descriptors: Sex Education, State Standards, State Legislation, Comprehensive School Health Education
Workman, Simon; Novoa, Cristina – Center for American Progress, 2018
With 20 new governors and 16 re-elected governors starting new terms in January, 2019 has the potential to be a year of big change at the state level. This is particularly the case in the early childhood policy arena, as many newly elected governors discussed early childhood education as part of their campaigns. Governors are in a prime position…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, State Officials, State Government, State Policy
Shapiro, Sarah; Brown, Catherine – Center for American Progress, 2018
Civic knowledge and public engagement is at an all-time low. While the 2016 election brought a renewed interest in engagement among youth, only 23 percent of eighth-graders performed at or above the proficient level on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) civics exam, and achievement levels have virtually stagnated since 1998. In…
Descriptors: Civics, Citizenship Education, Required Courses, Graduation Requirements
Shapiro, Sarah; Partelow, Lisette – Center for American Progress, 2018
Diversifying the teacher workforce improves student outcomes and supports students of color. Yet, educational achievement barriers--compounded by the Trump administration's rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and drastic proposed cuts to federal education spending--will continue to keep Latinxs teachers out of the…
Descriptors: Diversity (Faculty), Hispanic Americans, Hispanic American Students, Minority Group Teachers
Stephenie, Johnson – Center for American Progress, 2018
The Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) provided states with newfound flexibility on accountability measures and school improvement strategies. Many policy experts have analyzed states' ESSA plans, which explain how states use their federal funds under various provisions of the new law, as well as the approaches states take to identify and rate…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Accountability
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