Robert Patrick Alexander passed away suddenly Monday at his home in Rocky Mount.
A a new report by the nonprofit Center for American Progress finds that state funding for public higher education declined — some of it significantly — in recent years, and federal assistance to low-income students to help pay tuition has not been enough to fully address their needs. What’s more, in states with the biggest disinvestment in public higher education, low- and middle-income families pay the biggest price.
Educational institutions and services remain the second biggest beneficiaries of philanthropy in the country, after religious organizations, but little of the money flows to community colleges, the mostly public institutions that now enroll 45 percent of the country’s undergraduates, most of them poor or working-class and many of them requiring extensive remedial learning.
Curious art enthusiasts have been able to get a behind-the-scenes peek at where the magic happens for four years now, thanks to the annual Artist Studio Tour. This year, the Friends of the School of Art and Design have taken their fundraiser a step further, offering guests a chance to see the types of homes where the art often ends up.