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News and Analysis
The country’s first African American president is finding himself increasingly at odds with a cornerstone of the African American community: historically black colleges and universities. (Washington Post)
Opponents of Common Core have another tool to chip away at the embattled national education standards: a recent Missouri court ruling said the state’s membership in a group that creates the curriculum’s tests is unlawful. (St. Louis Today)
Paying for college gets more expensive every year.
According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Americans owe more than a trillion dollars in outstanding student loan payments. (NPR)
Two key senators said Monday that they’ve made significant progress on a bipartisan effort to update the No Child Left Behind law and hope it will be ready for committee action in mid-April. (ABC News)
“That’s where the classrooms were,” said Katrina Wilson-Davis, pointing at the deserted building that housed the school where she was once principal. She climbed the chipped stairs that children used to race down at recess in their cherry-red school uniforms and walked past a street sign that still warns drivers of a 15-mile-an-hour speed limit on school days. (NY Times)