NEWS CENTRAL HEADLINES - MAY 18 2016


MITSUBISHI FUEL SCANDAL

(CNN) Mitsubishi’s President and Vice President are expected to resign June 24 amid a scandal in which the Japanese car company has been falsifying fuel reports.

The reports date back around 25 years and affect 13 different car models. Investors have erased around 32% of the stock for Mitsubishi in the last month.

According to CNN Money, the fallout has continued to widen, putting the company’s financial prospects at risk. Just last week, one of Japan’s big three automakers, Nissan, said it would make a $2.2 billion investment in Mitsubishi, becoming its largest shareholder in an effort to help steer the company out of its crisis.

Suzuki has also falsified fuel reports and apologized for using improper testing methods on 16 different models. Their stock dropped over 9% after this news came out.

Other automakers have been penalized in the past for this same thing. In 2014 Hyundai and Kia payed $100 million in fines for overstating fuel economy estimates. They also refunded customers for the difference in fuel costs.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE MORE SEGREGATED

(NBC) A recent report published by the Government Accountability Office Tuesday, found evidence of growing racial divides persisting in public education. The number of Black and Latino students enrolled in impoverished K-12 public schools increased 11 percent between 2001 and 2014.

NBC reports, these schools were found to be the most poverty-stricken, minority-segregated schools in the country, with more than 75 to 100 percent of Black and Latino students eligible for price-reduced lunch. This parameter is commonly used as an indicator of poverty.

These schools were also found to have offered fewer STEM courses and advanced placement, college-prep courses. About 48 percent of high-poverty schools offer AP courses, while 72 percent of low-poverty schools — with 0 to 25 percent of students on free, reduced lunches — offered these college-level courses.

These schools have higher rates of students unable to advance from the ninth grade, as well as more students who had been suspended or expelled. Five percent of students at low-poverty schools will received an out-of-school suspension, while 22 percent in high-poverty schools will be suspended more than once.

The report claims magnet schools with open enrollment did not accept minority students in order to maintain an even ratio of white and minority students. The report finds school districts did not use race as a classification for increasing integration, citing the 2007 case Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1 as an example.

Researchers found the three districts reviewed by GAO had made steps to address the stark racial and economic disparities in its public educational facilities. These measures included implementing magnet schools within the district to attract more diverse students.

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