Author Archives: Ashli Braggs

Texas Education and Testing

At an administration gathering in Austin, Texas, Michael Williams, Texas Education Commissioner announced that he would defer a rule requiring state end-of-course-exams to count for 15 percent of high school students grades. Williams explained that improving the academic performance of Hispanic and African-American students has become a priority in his time leading the agency. His […]

Immigration and Education

50 college students, identified as living illegally in the US marched on Kansas’s secretary of state, Kris W. Kobach, who was unable to meet with them. Mr. Kobach is a former law professor at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and has aided in forming immigration policies around the country. The students pushed for him […]

Parole For Offenders Convicted of Crimes Involving Harm to Children

An article in the Texas Tribune, New Parole Rules Sought in Cases Involving Children, shares the story and the plight of Laurie Thompson, a woman whose 4-year-old granddaughter was “beaten to death after being sexually assaulted by her mother’s boyfriend.” The mother was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison; however, within two years […]

New Efforts to Avoid School Suspension for Student Infractions

School suspension as a means of disciplinary action against students has created much concern about its ultimate effects on student performance, participation, attitude, and direction in school. Education Week reports that California has responded to this concern by implementing new provisions concerning school suspension as a disciplinary measure. The goals include: Requirements for school districts […]

Education and Immigration

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals held that Alabama’s immigration law requiring public schools to check the citizenship status of new students was unconstitutional. The Court maintained that the provision singles out children who are in the country illegally, and keeps undocumented children from enrolling and attending school. School officials reported that the parents of […]

Minorities, Immigration & Educational Policy in the News

Education Week Snippet: “White House Initiative Targets Education for African Americans” by Lesli A. Maxwell. President Obama signed an executive order to launch the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. The purpose of the initiative is to help high-school and college-bound African Americans by creating “greater access to a complete and competitive […]

A Summary of U.S. Supreme Court 2011-12 Term Decisions Affecting Children & Education

Education Week’s “High Court Highlights” of the 2011-12 term, provides a nice recap of the Supreme Court’s high-profile cases that have left implications on public education, juvenile justice, and more. IMMIGRATION: Arizona v. United States Court upheld a measure requiring police to determine the immigration status of someone they stop, and reasonably suspect to be […]

Should States Be Allowed to Waive No Child Left Behind’s “Highly Qualified Teacher” Requirement?

The education spending bill, approved by the House Appropriations Committee panel, has catalyzed a continuing debate on whether conditional waivers of the NCLB “highly qualified” teacher requirement should be given to the states. The “highly qualified” teacher provision requires that teachers have a bachelor’s degree in the subject area they teach and could, in effect, […]