Trump Education Reforms Applauded by Black Activists

White House Higher Ed Proposals Align With Project 21’s “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America” Recommendations

Washington, DC – Black activists with the Project 21 black leadership network are applauding the Trump Administration’s newly announced reforms for American colleges and universities. Many of the policies announced by the White House align with recommendations made in Project 21’s “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America” to increase black opportunity and prosperity.

Policies in the Trump Administration proposal praised by Project 21 include more accountability, better accreditation processes and specific support for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Project 21 members consider these provisions “Blueprint Compliant” because they are considered to be consistent with recommendations found in Project 21’s Blueprint.

“With more and more college students carrying large student loan balances at graduation, it’s imperative that colleges and universities provide a quantifiable return on investment,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Stacy Washington, a former elected school board member. “The Trump Administration’s higher education proposal echoes the sentiments of parents across America: get an education that will yield a well-paying profession from a university that has a proven track record. Making accountability a central pillar for America’s higher education institutions makes perfect sense.”

Washington and other Project 21 leaders met with White House staff last year about the recommendations found in the Blueprint, a 57-point plan across a wide variety of issues to help black Americans reach their full potential. Project 21 members also met with Secretary Betsy DeVos and other U.S. Department of Education staff to present the Blueprint’s educational recommendations.

Noting that “the rising cost of college education and the accompanying growth in student loan balances erodes the wage premium associated with a college degree,” the White Houseacknowledged that “many colleges and universities have been unable to provide the necessary types of education in a cost-effective manner.”

In its Blueprint, Project 21 noted, “[t]he failure of K-12 school systems in preparing black students for college is compounded further by college admissions and support practices that set black students up to fail… This failure is reflected in the statistics for six-year graduation rates.” Project 21 also noted that dropping out not only saddles black students with debt, but can also “diminish future employment potential” and “sense of self-worth.” 

“I think it is a step in the right direction asking colleges to basically state their return on investment. In the business world, it’s something we ask of any investment. Why not ask that when one invests in a college education?” noted Project 21 member Marie Fischer, a working mother currently enrolled in post-graduate classes who was also a candidate for her county school board. “I work for a college. We are always told we are there for the students. By associating accreditation to student outcomes, we would be holding all colleges to that threshold. I think the Trump Administration’s five-page memo on reforming the Higher Education Act is a good start for reforming higher education – especially in light of the recent college admissions scandal.”

In order to “provide more Americans access to a quality education, hold institutions accountable and help students and families make informed decisions regarding their educational options,” the Trump Administration yesterday called on Congress to reform accreditation standards “to focus on educational quality and student learning, grounded in student outcomes.” Noting that “some institutions consistently fail to deliver the type of quality education that enables students successfully to repay Federal student loans,” the proposal suggested that a “better system would require postsecondary institutions that accept taxpayer funds to share in the financial responsibility associated with student loans.” The Trump Administration also proposed that Congress make federal advisory boards and working groups permanent “to continually improve the identity, visibility, distinctive capacity and overall competitiveness of HBCUs.” 

In its Blueprint, Project 21 recommended that schools be required to meet minimum graduation rate standards for both general and minority student populations to be eligible for federal student financial aid. It also recommended capping federal assistance in order to prevent federal student financial aid programs from fueling tuition inflation. Additionally, the Blueprint recommended additional funding for HBCU infrastructure, renovation and updating based on schools meeting the same minimum graduation requirements as other colleges and universities.

Project 21 recently criticized the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates for refusing to pass a resolution tying law school accreditation to the ability of at least 75 percent of the school’s graduates to pass the bar exam within two years of graduation. 

“It is encouraging that colleges might finally be held financially accountable for how they educate America’s children, as recommended in Project 21’s ‘Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America,'” said Project 21 member Melanie Collette, who serves on the adjunct faculty of two universities. “This is a great start. But, as an educator with over 20 years of experience, I will know that black children will have really won when we are able to truly hold the public education system accountable for lowering the academic bar and treating black children as victims instead of victors.” 

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Map replacing Israel with Palestine outrages parents at Ga. middle school

What is the Left’s fascination with eradicating and removing Israel from existence? You might as well call them Iran.

A map displayed during a Georgia middle school’s “Multicultural Night” that replaced the entire state of Israel with Palestine has drawn condemnation from parents and the school district.

Several Israeli and Jewish parents at Autrey Mill Middle School in Johns Creek reached out to local media after a map displayed during the school event to promote cultural awareness completely omitted Israel.

“Kids who saw this or anybody that was exposed to this last night that doesn’t even know what the story is behind all this, right now, thinks this is the map of Palestine,” one Jewish mother told a local NBC affiliate.

Fulton County Schools issued a statement Friday calling the map “insensitive” and “political.”

“This event is hosted by families and staff with the intent of celebrating different cultures and nationalities,” the district said. “We condemn the negative and extreme political agendas these symbols represent. We are investigating this incident, and will take all necessary actions to find the individual(s) responsible and hold them accountable.”

The principal, J.E. Trey Martin, also said in a letter to parents that he was “extremely disappointed and disgusted with the individuals who presented an insensitive political and geographic representation.”

The district has not provided any additional details regarding the investigation, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Representatives from CAIR-Georgia and Jewish Voice for Peace-Atlanta held a press conference Tuesday on behalf of several students from the school claiming they’ve been bullied by other students since the controversy.

“This has put a target on the backs of young Palestinian-American kids and Muslim kids and anyone who looks Muslim at that school,” said Edward Ahmed Mitchell from CAIR-Georgia, the NBC affiliate reported.

Susan Hale with Fulton County Schools confirmed that the school’s principal will be meeting privately with students and parents who have asked to talk about the topic, the station reported.

“Fulton County Schools values the different cultures of our students and communities. Throughout the year and in various forms, FCS schools hold a myriad of events that celebrate diversity, inclusivity and respect for all. FCS schools welcome the cultures and groups that make up the individual communities to participate in these events,” the district said in a follow-up statement Tuesday. “FCS district leaders and local administrators are working with individuals, parents, students and groups at Autrey Mill Middle School on a personal and individual basis, in an effort to create a better understanding of different cultures.”

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New York AG who threatened to go after Trump in profane selfie rant at her election party follows through

Hey BEEYATCH! Keep on acting COCKY!! Your day of reckoning is coming!!!

Using the offices of government to target a sitting president continues in earnest from the Democratic Party, with the New York attorney general opening a civil investigation into Trump Organization projects.

Coming from the office of Attorney General Letitia James, the inquiry is reportedly a civil investigation, not a criminal one — nonetheless, it opens the door for additional digging in a country that supposedly investigates crime to find those responsible, not investigate people to find a crime.

(The Democrat-led House is conducting several probes of the president through the various committees the party controls, in addition to a never-ending investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.)

But then, James is just following through on an earlier threat, when she promised of Trump after being elected: “He’s going to know my name personally.”

More from the New York Times:

The New York attorney general’s office late on Monday issued subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank for records relating to the financing of four major Trump Organization projects and a failed effort to buy the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League in 2014, according to a person briefed on the subpoenas.

The inquiry opens a new front in the scrutiny of Deutsche Bank, one of the few lenders willing to do business with Donald J. Trump in recent years. The bank is already the subject of two congressional investigations and was examined last year by New York banking regulators, who took no action.

The newspaper reported that the focus and scope of the latest inquiry “were unclear,” but did note that James was prompted by last month’s congressional testimony from Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, who said under oath that Trump had inflated his assets in financial statements.

Never mind that a top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., said on Sunday that the committee chairman, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., may “end up referring” Cohen, who’s going to prison for 3 years for lying to Congress, to the Justice Department for perjury for… lying to Congress again.

After being elected as attorney general, James was captured on video responded to a question about registering to vote.

“I say one name: Donald Trump,” James said. “That should motivate you. Get off your vote and vote.”

New York’s new AG caught on selfie video using profanity and threats against Trump: ‘He’s going to know my name …’ https://t.co/IEglHEVpPO pic.twitter.com/bBEG9MISc8

— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 11, 2018

She was then asked if she planned to go after Trump.

“Oh, we’re definitely going to sue. We’re going to be a real pain in the ass,” promised the woman who is now the state’s top law enforcement officer. “He’s going to know my name personally.”

James also threatened Trump at her election night party.

“I will be shining a bright light into every dark corner of his real estate dealings, and every dealing, demanding truthfulness at every turn,” she said, according to the Times.

New York was also one the states to challenge the president’s declaration of a national emergency on the southern border, with James deciding there is no such emergency — never mind that the N.Y. Times just reported the border is at a “breaking point,” with more than 76,000 migrants being detained in February alone, many of them women and children from Central America.

BREAKING: We’ve joined 15 AGs in filing a lawsuit challenging President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency & his attempt to divert funding appropriated by Congress for other purposes.

Declaring a National Emergency when one does not exist is immoral and illegal.

— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) February 19, 2019

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