How the Farm Bill can help to end the shortchanging of HBCUs

$544 million.

That’s the amount that Tennessee State University — the only public HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) in Tennessee — is owed by the state, according to a recent legislative study. For decades, the state has failed to meet its obligations to match dollar-for-dollar federal land-grant funds to TSU, resulting in a massive shortfall. Yet while TSU was starved for funds for 50+ years, its predominantly white land-grant counterpart, the University of Tennessee, received its full state match and more.

Unfortunately, Tennessee is not alone. The nation’s 19 HBCU land-grant institutions have been shortchanged by billions of dollars in state and federal dollars that they were owed due to rampant, persistent racial discrimination. Congress has an opportunity to rectify these inequities this year through the renewal of the Farm Bill, which was last reauthorized in 2018.

The Farm Bill is the main vehicle by which the federal government supports the teaching and research of the nation’s 111 land-grant colleges and universities, a system that was first established by the Morrill Land Grant Act of 1862. Black Americans were excluded from these institutions , however, which led to the passage of the Morrill Land Grant Act of 1890, which created land-grant institutions for Black students. Yet while federal land and funds were set aside for the 1890 land grant institutions, allowing these schools to raise funds to grow their endowments and expand their campuses, no guaranteed land or funding was provided to them — discrimination that has persisted.

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“There’s a fight underway.” Mike Pence, in Minneapolis, talks tough on education, and subpoena to testify against Trump

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday vowed to fight a subpoena from the US Department of Justice while simultaneously digging into a key division with former President Donald Trump ahead of a potential presidential campaign.

“I’m proud of what we did on Jan. 6, as difficult as it was,” Pence said after a speech at the Minnesota Club in downtown Minneapolis. “I have nothing to hide and I’m proud of what we accomplished, but for me this is a moment where you have to decide where you stand, and I stand on the Constitution of the United States.”

CBS News confirmed last week that Pence was subpoenaed by special counsel Jack Smith, who was appointed in November to take over two DOJ investigations into Trump. One of the probes involving Trump’s handling of sensitive government records discovered at his south Florida residence, Mar-a-Lago. The second centers around efforts to stop the transfer of presidential power after the 2020 election and interfere with the counting of Electoral College votes on Jan. 6, 2021.

Pence maintained that his opposition to the subpoena was based on legislative privileges instead of executive privileges because of his role as president of the Senate.

“The fact that no vice president has ever been subject to a subpoena to testify about the president with whom they served makes this unprecedented, but that goes to executive privilege,” Pence said. “It’s my understanding that President Trump will fight that, but that’s not my fight. My

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Greenville County School Board focusing on improving students’ education

GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – The Greenville County School Board met Tuesday morning, discussing ways to further students’ education in a variety of ways.

A main topic of discussion began with the artistically gifted and talented program also known as the ARMES program serving third through eighth graders.

The program focuses on areas of music, visual art, theater, dance, and creative writing.

The previous program was located in the center of the district at the Fine Arts Center, taking some students 45 minutes or longer to commute.

The school district has now established additional sites where they are replicating the program at both Greer and Hillcrest Middle Schools.

“Our hope is that every school in Greenville County will in some way be represented through the program,” Director of Visual and Performing Arts for Greenville County Schools, Bradley Wingate said. “We want to basically be able to reach any student who is qualified. We started with 350 students last year and with this expansion, we are looking at rolling it out to 1,500 and potentially even more over a period of time.”

Leaders say students are required to go through a rigorous audition process but can be nominated by family, faculty, or friends.

The district says they want to make sure all programs are receiving the proper support and training they need.

Assistant Superintendent for special education Traci Hogan made a presentation on how special education is improving.

“We have about 12,000 students with disabilities in Greenville County Schools, Hogan said.

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On-line Training What Is It And How Does It Work In 2023


Beginning in early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted education techniques all through the world, affecting practically 1.6 billion learners in more than one hundred ninety countries. Closures of colleges and other studying areas have impacted ninety four percent of the world’s student population, as much as 99 p.c in low and lower-middle income nations. As of 30 September 2020 there were 27 countries that had localized faculty closures. In the United States, an estimated 55.1 million students had been forced to stop in-particular person instruction as of 10 April 2020. A swap to a virtual learning experience is especially challenging for families that can’t afford the correct know-how, similar to laptops, printers, or a dependable Internet connection. When faculties close, mother and father are often asked to facilitate the learning of children at house and can struggle to perform this task.

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What Does It Mean to Have a ‘National’ Teacher Shortage?

There’s been a lot of ink spilled over what’s been framed as a national shortage of teachers, including fears of a coronavirus-related mass exodus from classrooms that have never quite materialized.

Fewer words have been spent on defining what, precisely, is meant when people say the education system is facing a drought of teachers from coast to coast.

That’s what researchers at Kansas State University set out to quantify when they began crunching the numbers on teacher vacancies for all 50 states. A problem that became apparent early on was that there simply was no central source for the information they were seeking — even at the state level.

Researchers painstakingly pieced together data from a swath of government sources and news reports, cataloging more recent data from the 2021-22 school year for some states but having to reach as far back as 2014-15 for others. For 13 states, their search yielded no data about teacher vacancies.

Source: Kansas State University. Data visualization by Nadia Tamez-Robledo.

At what point, exactly, does the ratio of teacher vacancies to students signal a shortage? Tuan D. Nguyen, an assistant professor at Kansas State University’s College of Education, says there’s no consensus about when the rate of vacancies tips into a crisis.

“That’s one of the things that I think that we — this includes researchers and policy makers and the public — have to decide,” Nguyen says. “At what level do we think it is an issue? You have to take into account

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