Category Archives: Education

At 50, Upward Bound Still Opens Pathway to College

Nervous but determined, the 15-year-old boy walked into a conference room in Columbus, Ohio, for a fateful interview. If it went well, perhaps he’d have a chance to be the first member of his impoverished family to attend college. That was 34 years ago, but Wil Haygood ? the renowned journalist and author whose writing [...]

Black colleges face hard choices on $25M Koch gift

America’s black colleges are struggling for funds. The Republican Party is struggling to attract black voters. Enter a $25 million gift to the United Negro College Fund from the conservative Koch brothers, which has pitted the needs of black students against liberals’ insistence that the Kochs are pursuing a racist political agenda. Whether genuine philanthropy, [...]

Blackonomics: UNCF Stands its Ground in Koch Flap

The controversy over the recent donation by the Koch Foundation to the UNCF begs a discussion of politics, education, and business. After receiving a $25 million gift from the Charles Koch Foundation, the UNCF and its president, Michael Lomax, took in-coming fire from the AFSME union, which discontinued its funding of UNCF because it disagrees [...]

Obama to Report Widening of Initiative for Black and Latino Boys

President Obama will announce on Monday that 60 of the nation’s largest school districts are joining his initiative to improve the educational futures of young African-American and Hispanic boys, beginning in preschool and extending through high school graduation. The districts, which represent about 40 percent of all African-American and Hispanic boys living below the poverty [...]

Civil Rights Office Investigating School Closures in Houston

The civil rights office in the U.S. Department of Education is looking into a complaint that the closures of two predominantly minority Houston schools—Jones High School and Dodson Elementary School —discriminated against black and Hispanic students. The complaint was filed by Charles X. White, of the Sunnyside and South Park neighborhood group, according to the [...]

If AFSCME Breaks With Black Colleges Over Koch Money, It’s Not Being Principled, It’s Grandstanding

Let’s say, hypothetically, that a charity that serves veterans, based in my home state of Texas—where 23 percent of folks polled believe that President Barack Obama is Muslim—accepts a sizable donation from the Obama family. But after the Obamas’ donation becomes public, the charity winds up losing significant financial support from some of its conservative [...]

What we think: AFSCME must restore UNCF funding

The furor which broke out in early June after the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) announced acceptance of $25 million from Koch Industries and the Charles Koch Foundation has gained momentum with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) severing ties with the fund. The billionaire Koch brothers Charles and David have [...]

Report: Lack of Loan Access Has Nearly 1M Community College Students at Risk

A new report says nearly 1 million community college students — including many students of color — face added educational and financial challenges because their colleges choose not to participate in federal student loan programs. “Most community college students still don’t use loans to pay for their education, but for those who need to borrow, [...]