Links of the Week • September 26, 2018

Growing number of Democrats run on free college, pushing issue into mainstream
Inside Higher Ed
A growing number of Democratic candidates at the state and federal level are running on free college. But there’s a sharp divide within the party and liberal policy circles over the concept.

Is Your State Serving Black Students?
Inside Higher Ed  •  EdSource
New report from USC’s Race and Equity Center grades public institutions across the country. California ranks high in national study about black college students but criticism remains. Study examines enrollment, graduation rates, gender gaps.

Mother of murdered African-American Humboldt student fights for justice
Sonoma State Star
Lawson’s mother spoke in front of the Board of Trustees members, wearing a “Justice for Josiah” t-shirt, with friends and family members standing behind her. She called on the board for action. … (and) stressed she wanted a change in a safe environment for students of color to be able to learn. She also called for more Professors of color to be in positions of leadership roles.

Newsom’s ‘cradle-to-career’ education pledge will require sweeping changes in California
This cradle-to-career strategy is the central organizing principle of Newsom’s education platform, bringing together parts of the educational system that are not currently connected and linking them seamlessly.

Student leaders speak out against executive pay raises
The Orion (CSU Chico)
At a statewide meeting of the California State Students Association, a rep from Chico noted, “You have the Board of Trustees yelling at the state for not fully funding the CSU, and when they get the money…, who do they (give funds) to first?”

Everything you need to know about President Armstrong’s raise
Mustang News (Cal Poly SLO)
An examination of the rationale and Trustees’ debate over salary hikes to CSU executives last July.

Loan Forgiveness Denial; Puerto Rico Schools After Maria; DeVos Calls for Free-Speech
National Public Radio
All that plus: “Trump plans to cut Head Start funding to pay for detention of immigrant children”

Koch-funded college journalism arrives at SDSU
San Diego Reader
Watch out for the fine print.