August 14: Education News We're Reading This Week


August 14, 2015Here are the best articles from education news this week.

The Washington Post discusses how the continued rising cost of school supplies causes difficulties for low-income families with K-12 students.

NPR compares the cost of college tuition with room and board to the wages from a typical summer job and finds that “To cover today’s costs with a low-skilled, minimum wage summer job? Over 90 days, a student would need to work 20.24 hours a day.”

Now that most of the 2016 presidential hopefuls have announced all or part of their platforms on higher education affordability and student aid issues, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators has published an outline of each candidate’s stance.

The U.S. Department of Education awarded $28.4 million in grants to help low-income students take AP tests in 38 states, D.C., and the Virgin Islands.

Inside Higher Ed reports on the University of Dayton’s unique tuition and financial aid strategy put in place in 2013 and how it’s lowered student borrowing rates and increased freshmen to sophomore retention. Entering freshmen are promised to pay the same net price per year for four years, with the school proportionately increasing aid alongside tuition so that students aren’t negatively affected.

Even after they are accepted into college, many low-income students are unable to attend due to several complicated and bureaucratic obstacles, says The Hechinger Report.

The average school is not prepared to handle the bandwidth of its users, according EdTech Magazine. An interactive “heat map” shows information from each state collected by CDW•G.

From helping eliminate distractions to reinforcing positive beliefs, The Huffington Post outlines five strategies families of first-generation college students can do to help ease the transition to college.

The Pew Research Center visually displays data on the country’s 53.5 million K-12 students. Although the entire population is more racially diverse than ever, many students attend schools with a majority of classmates who share their race or ethnicity.

Our favorite highlights of the Cooke Foundation:

  • An article in Education Post analyzes how test scores at suburban schools can disguise the needs of high-achieving, low-income students.
  • Cooke Scholars Auriel Wright and Courtney Thurston contributed advice to The Prospect‘s scholarship guide.
  • Social media shares recap the best moments of this year’s Cooke Foundation Scholars Weekend. This year’s event included inspiration from General Colin Powell, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, First Lady Michelle Obama, and our amazing scholars themselves!