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March 21, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Round-up: Report finds discipline gap starts in preschool, Michigan considers ‘pay it forward’ tuition

Federal report highlights racial disparities in U.S. schools (The New York Times): Using 15 years’ worth of data from all of the country’s 97,000 public schools, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released a report Friday on racial disparities in American schools. Among the findings, the analysis showed black students are suspended and expelled at three times the rate of white students — a discipline gap that starts in preschool.

Michigan considers “pay it forward” tuition program (Huffington Post): Lawmakers in Michigan are considering a proposal that would enable students to attend college tuition-free in exchange for paying a fixed percentage of their income after graduation. Under the proposal, university students would pay 4 percent of their earnings for approximately 20 years after getting their degrees.

Problems with credit transfers contribute to lower graduation rates (The Hechinger Report): The difficulty of transferring academic credit from community colleges to four-year schools has reduced the graduation rate for transfer students by 8 percent, according to new research from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

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