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October 5, 2015

Meet the next secretary of education

At age 40, John King Jr. will become one of the youngest Cabinet members in American history. He's been deputy U.S. education secretary since January, after serving as education commissioner in New York. Duncan called him "one of the most passionate, courageous, clearheaded leaders in our field" with a "remarkable personal story."

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October 2, 2015

Pell grad rates revealed

The Education Trust examined Pell graduation rates at 1,149 four-year public and private nonprofit schools, and found that at the institutional level, the average graduation gap between Pell and non-Pell recipients is 5.7 percentage points. More than a third of the colleges have smaller gaps or no gap. But at the national level, Andrew H. Nichols of Ed Trust notes, the graduation rate for Pell recipients is still just 51 percent — 14 percentage points lower than the non-Pell rate.

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October 2, 2015

Education gap between rich and poor is growing wider

The wounds of segregation were still raw in the 1970s. With only rare exceptions, African-American children had nowhere near the same educational opportunities as whites. The civil rights movement, school desegregation and the War on Poverty helped bring a measure of equity to the playing field. Today, despite some setbacks along the way, racial disparities in education have narrowed significantly. By 2012, the test-score deficit of black 9-, 13- and 17-year-olds in reading and math had been reduced as much as 50 percent compared with what it was 30 to 40 years before.

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