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Inequality 101: Why the College-Admissions Scandal Is So Absurd

Alia Wong The Atlantic
Jared Kushner, senior advisor and Presidential son-in-law. The 33 wealthy parents charged in the recent college admissions scandal chose to participate in an organized criminal conspiracy to get their kids into elite schools. It was much cheaper than the “legal” bribes and scams used by others of their ilk.

About Last Night: How HBCU Students are Addressing Sexual Assault on Campus

Kyla Wright, Amos Jackson, Evette Dionne, Eryn Ashleigh Mathewson RadioProject.org
Last year, student protests at some HCBUs aimed to highlight inadequacies in the way sexual assault and rape cases are handled. Students at HCBUs tend to under report sexual violence and they’re often not included in national conversations about it.

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A Ph.D. in Organizing

Dawn Tefft and Jeff Schuhrke Labor Notes
Newly armed with the right to collective bargaining, teaching assistants, graduate assistants, and research assistants at private universities are organizing to join the ranks of the unionized.

Free Tuition Initiative Aims to Reclaim SF's City College

Marcy Rein Common Dreams
Prop. W would levy a .25% tax on real estate transactions in San Francisco worth more than $5 million. About $12 million of the estimated $44 million in revenue raised by the measure would be earmarked for a special fund that would pay tuition at City College for students who live in the city and those who work at least half-time there.

What Racism Has to Do with the High Cost of College

Not long ago, public colleges were debt free and that public investment paid great public returns. Tuition and student debt have tripled over the last generation, and racism has a lot to do with it.

Universities Are Becoming Billion-Dollar Hedge Funds With Schools Attached

Astra Taylor The Nation
It’s not just universities with eating clubs and legacies that are getting into the game. Many public universities are also doing so, in part because state support for education has been cut, but also to compete with richer schools by rapidly increasing their more limited wealth.

The Case of the Black Professors Who Vanished from Brooklyn College

Ronald Howell Brooklyn Ron
The film Selma and the murders in Ferguson and New York have re-focused much discussion on civil rights and equality or lack of. Affirmative action programs - a victory from the civil rights movement - have largely been dismantled by judicial rulings. Today there is the attempt to de-fund the historically Black Colleges. In Brooklyn, the largest African American community in the country, there are new reports of 'vanishing African American professors' at Brooklyn College

It's the Racism, Stupid: Meet the Press's Epic NCAA Fail

Dave Zirin TheNation.com Blog
It is March Madness, after all, when the NCAA makes 90% of its billion-dollar budget. As the business of college football and basketball expands, and as more and more players find themselves used up and spit out with neither compensation nor education to show for their time, this is the moment to talk about the future of the so-called "student-athlete."
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