Schools Helping Minorities Threatened with Less Federal Funding

"Republicans are trying to hard to tie federal funding to graduation rates, a change that schools with large minority populations worry could dramatically reduce the money they get from Washington," The Olympian reports. 

"Congressional Democrats and outside advocates blasted the proposed GOP re-authorization of the Higher Education Act as a discriminatory measure that will do more harm than good to institutions that educate and graduate a bulk of the nation’s minority students.

But to Republicans, the change would mean a way of being able to make sure the federal dollars are spent responsibly.

Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., chair of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, said the proposal is necessary to add 'some additional accountability measures for institutions in order to focus on outputs – like completion of programs – instead of inputs, just getting students in the door.'

She’s getting harsh criticism from advocates for the majority-minority institutions and their advocates. Rep. Alma Adams, D-N.C., an education committee member, tried to get the provision removed from the bill Tuesday, arguing in prepared remarks that the GOP’s initiative 'does nothing to create opportunities for students at minority-serving institutions or HBCUs to prosper.'

About 650 schools nationwide have been designated by the Department of Education as minority-serving institutions. They’re campuses with large black, Hispanic, Alaska Native, Native American non-tribal, Asian-American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander enrollments.

The schools educate about 40 percent of the nation’s students of color, according to the Marybeth Gasman, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions."

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Publication Date: 12/14/2017


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