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AM News: Possible Implications From Supreme Court Diversity Case

Race and College Admissions, Facing a New Test by Justices NYT: Three-quarters of applicants from Texas are admitted under a program that guarantees admission to the top students in every high school in the state. The remaining Texas students and those from elsewhere are considered under standards that take account of academic achievement and other factors, including race and ethnicity.


Union Defends Charter School WSJ: New York City teachers union officials on Tuesday defended a charter school founded by the labor union as the school undergoes a crucial review period that will determine whether the struggling institution stays open. 

Tell Me More: Education Special and Twitter Forum NPR: We'll talk to Alberto Carvalho (@MiamiSup), superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools.We'll hear from current and former U.S. Secretaries of Education, national education advocate Michelle Rhee (@m_rhee) and Sal Khan (@khanacademy), the founder of online education powerhouse Khan Academy. We'll also hear from students, parents, teachers — and you.

Public Schools: Glass Half Full or Half Empty? EdWeek: This year, Gallup's Confidence in Institutions survey revealed a disheartening lack of faith in U.S. public schools. The percentage of participants indicating "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in public K-12 education fell to an all-time low of around 29 percent—a drop of 29 percentage points from 1973, when Gallup first began including public schools in its survey.

Romney Threat to Public Broadcasting is Target of New Obama Ad PoliticsK12: The Sesame Street Workshop has asked the Obama campaign to pull an ad featuring Big Bird and mocking GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, after he said in a debate that he planned to balance the federal budget in part by cutting the federal subsidy that helps pay for "Sesame Street" and other Public Broadcasting Service programs.


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It's hard to view as appropriate the kind of race-based discrimination that students like Abigail Fisher (and my own son) have received at the hands of the state government to which they are required to pay taxes. Diversity is a legitimate desirable for colleges, but what we see here is public institutions acting as if they were private. I have studied international education in much detail, and can think of no country outside the U.S., other than India (where the system is also currently controversial), that uses race as a factor in admitting students to college. Instead, many have a national examination that determines eligibility for admission to national universities, supported by scholarship funding. That system gives students strong incentives to study hard in high school, and combined with suitable means of assessment, should be established here.

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