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Good morning, it’s April 28, 2017. This morning at RealClearEducation we have news, commentary, analysis and reports from the top of the education world.

Ann Coulter was a no-show at UC Berkeley yesterday, but protestors and supporters gathered anyway. According to the Associated Press, the rally was raucous but peaceful, thanks in large part to a big police presence. In related news, Congressman Sean Duffy sent a letter to Secretary DeVos asking her to take action to protect free speech at taxpayer-funded colleges and universities. 

As the debate over free speech and tolerance on campus continues to roil higher education, here’s a story that caught our eye: Dartmouth’s newspaper conducted a campus-wide survey which found that students who identify as Democrats are the least likely to be comfortable with having a roommate with opposing political views. According to Bre Payton’s write up at The Federalist, “[O]nly 39 percent of students who identified as Democrats said they would feel comfortable living with a Republican, 16 percent said they felt neutral about the proposed arrangement, while 45 percent, a plurality, said they felt uncomfortable.” On the other hand, 69 percent of those who identified as Republicans said they were comfortable living with someone of opposing political views, 19 percent were neutral about it and 12 percent said they felt uncomfortable.

In state and local news, a new report by the Institute of Education Sciences found troublesome results for students who participated in the District of Columbia’s Opportunity Scholarship Program. The program is a favorite of Republicans and the new study is sure to set off another debate over the merits of voucher programs. 

This morning, the Collaborative for Student Success has provided a helpful rundown of education news from the states:
The Indiana Department of Education gathered feedback from educators at a public forum on the state’s draft ESSA plan. Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt hosted stakeholders to discuss the state’s proposed accountability system under ESSA. And while New Mexico has already submitted its ESSA plan, Education Secretary Hanna Skandera began an eight-city tour to continue to gather public feedback on New Mexico’s ESSA implementation plan. The Detroit News published an editorial on Michigan’s education governance model under ESSA.The Minnesota Dept. of Education released preliminary elements of the state’s ESSA plan, and Wisconsin’s Dept. of Public Instruction is also scheduled to release its draft ESSA plan on Friday, as some Republican legislators continue to criticize their lack of involvement in the process.
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Analysis & Commentary

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Research & Reports

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