Celebrating school counselors and community colleges


February 2, 2018 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. K-12 coverage celebrates National School Counselor Week, while higher ed discusses the missions of community colleges and public flagship universities.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:


Higher Education:

  • An analysis from The Hechinger Report finds that a large number of public flagship universities enroll “disproportionately few African-American and Latino students” in comparison to their state high school graduates.
  • Despite trends to go digital, textbooks continue to be an expensive cost for students.The Atlantic and Inside Higher Ed each report on the issue.
  • According to The Wall Street Journal, many elite colleges have admissions staff “divvy up individual applications” to shave time off of the reading process. “Critics say a fragmented reading provides little insight into candidates’ nuanced applications,” since essays, transcripts, and recommendations can all be assigned to different readers.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • “When high-achieving or high-potential poor and minority students have less access to gifted education than their peers, the existence of such programs may actually worsen inequalities,” states Chester Finn in a piece for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. The Cooke Foundation’s research on the Excellence Gap is mentioned here, as well as in a related column by Jonathan Plucker for the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC).


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