The President's announcement of expanded eligibility of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to more young adults was top of mind here at Pass the Chalk today. Obama’s landmark immigration plan has direct implications for the United States education system. Check out the other stories that got us talking this week.

A national survey of teachers shows that teachers have lower expectations of black and Hispanic students. Although the long-term study showed to a statistically significant level the teachers expectations of student success held true, experts are worried that student outcomes may be the result of a self-fulfilling prophecy whereby teachers invest more time and energy into students in who they see potential.

Occupy Wall Street commemorated its three year anniversary by eliminating student loans for thousands of lucky Americans.

Graduates of the Tennessee school system will soon have the prettiest handwriting in America. While most states have written off penmanship as recommended under the Common Core standards, Tennessee is requiring that penmanship classes remain in the curriculum

When the last bell rings at Middle School 223 in the Bronx, New York, students don't rush home. Instead, they stay for two more hours packed with extracurricular activities. The pioneering Bronx school is a leader in a growing push to extend school days given that research has shown the positive effects of afterschool programs on student performance.

Hoping to avoid the sometimes debilitating debt many students incur by attending law school, more people are taking interest in a less traditional route to enter the profession. In many states, wannabe lawyers can be trained as apprentices by a licensed attorney and then take the bar to become a licensed attorney. While this method reduces costs, students who choose this route have lower passing rates for the bar exams.

In an effort to reduce the school-to-prison pipeline, the White House plans to expand the My Brother’s Keeper initiative for young black and Latino men. PBS speaks to the LA school district superintendent and the CEO of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services about the importance of this initiative.

A North Carolina school district has found a unique way to avert the dreaded loss of learning that occurs over the summer. To reduce the so-called "summer slide," school officials have rearranged the academic calendar to decrease the length of summer vacation. Although students complete the same amount of school days as their peers in other districts, they only get five weeks off for summer.

A new bipartisan Senate bill is being hailed as the best fix for our nation’s broken student-loan repayment system. Among the proposed changes, loan payments would be taken directly from paychecks and would not exceed a certain percentage of the borrower’s income. 

As America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) educate an increasingly more diverse student body, some question whether these institutions should continue to receive special federal funding. While only 1 in 4 students at HBCUs are not black, certain individual cases such as an 82 percent white student population at a West Virginia HBCU have roused debates about the HBCU designation.

Each year, thousands of American students miss out on financial aid money because they never complete the FAFSA. To help fix this issue, researchers have presented findings on an effective way to get students to complete this application: texting! Studies conducted at the University of Virginia show that students who received text message reminders were significantly more likely to complete the application than those who did not. 

Compared to students in many other countries, American students demonstrate an average understanding of important financial literacy concepts. Experts worry that this lack of financial awareness will produce disastrous results for students as they get older, and need to think about saving for retirement.

In the fall of 2014, white students will no longer be the majority in the nation’s public school system. Combined, there will be more Latino, black, Asian, and Native American public school students than white students for the first time in the nation’s history. 

Colleges have long faced scrutiny for seemingly lenient processes when dealing with rape cases on campus, and now the government is stepping in to protect the welfare of the nation’s students. The Obama administration released the names of the 65 colleges currently under investigation for their handling of sexual-assault cases. 

For Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, there is no debate when it comes to affirmative action. The Court’s most media-friendly judge spoke to ABC News about why she is unrelenting in her support of this polarizing institution. 

A national education advocacy group is going after America’s college-dropout factories, calling for the government to cut federal funding to schools that do not meet minimum performance standards.


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