Educational Inequities


January 12, 2018 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Public school segregation and funding issues made headlines this week. In higher ed, campus hunger and speculation about the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program were discussed.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights issues a report to Congress on the inequities in public education funding. NPR outlines the report’s recommendations for “bold action.”
  • An interactive “cartoonxplainer” from Vox explains how to draw school district barriers to reduce school segregation.
  • In a perspective piece for The Washington Post, Rachel Cohen points out that school facility issues, such as freezing classrooms in Baltimore, “disproportionately affect poor communities.” Cohen cites research that links the condition of schools to student learning and teacher retention.


Higher Education:

  • “13 percent of students at two-year colleges and 11 percent of those at four-year schools do not have enough to eat,” reports The 74. The piece on campus hunger includes commentary from students facing food insecurity and Swipe Out Hunger founder and CEO Rachel Sumekh.
  • Politico speculates on how the “Dreamers deal” might be finalized. “University presidents have, broadly, been forceful in their condemnation of the Trump administration’s move to scrap DACA,” states The Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • George F. Will explores how admissions policies at elite colleges and universities often reinforce socioeconomic stratification in The Washington Post.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • Cooke Scholar Kristen “Krysti” Scotti’s latest paper is published in Progress in Materials Science. Read more about Krysti’s research on freeze-casting and the SpaceICE Mission project she led at Northwestern University on the Cooke Foundation blog.
  • Starting on January 17, we will be accepting applications for the Cooke Young Scholars Program, a selective 5-year pre-college scholarship for high-performing 7th grade students with financial need. Cooke Young Scholars receive comprehensive academic and college advising, as well as financial support for high school, summer programs, internships, and other learning enrichment opportunities. Click here to receive a reminder when the application opens.


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