Equity, Affordability, and Student Outcomes
May 18, 2018 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Advocates report on inequities among the nation’s public schools, and higher ed discusses affordability and experiences for students with financial need.
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Elementary & Secondary Education:
- The U.S. is one of the only countries that spends less on the education of poor students than it does on affluent students. The 74 suggests that the US would need to double the funding for low-income Title I schools in order to make classrooms more equitable.
- A new report shows that school reform that ignores racial segregation is largely ineffectual at reducing educational inequities. The Hechinger Report summarizes.
- An opinion published in The New York Times this week gained traction for its arguments that college is not useful to low-income students. The piece cited research from the W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. The researchers respond on The Chronicle of Higher Education to clarify the findings.
- This week, the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education released its annual “Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States” report. Inside Higher Ed describes how the various higher education advocates propose to expand the Pell Grant program.
- The Washington Post shares a day in the life of a college student, from two perspectives on “opposite ends of the income gap.”
- National and local media coverage discusses how colleges and universities are rethinking traditional approaches to addressing their students’ basic needs. Read more in the La Salle News Tribune, The Washington Post, and WBUR in Boston.
Cooke Foundation Highlights:
- Cooke Scholar Gina Leah pushes for free community college as a way to increase educational opportunities in Charlotteville, Virgina’s The Daily Progress.
- On her Facebook page, Cooke Scholar Marjada Tucker shares an inspirational video announcement of her plans for medical school.
- An interview with Cooke Scholar Melissa Cunningham is featured in the University of Southern Maine’s USM Connects magazine. Melissa’s interview is on page 18.
- The University of Iowa brings advanced STEM education to rural areas with the help of funding from the Cooke Foundation.
Social Media Spotlight:
6th grade students at @Smarts_Mill Middle School act as delegates from the Civil War era to decide their region’s biggest concerns.
Exciting to see our #GoodNeighborGrants in action! @MorvenPark’s Center for Civic Impact programs serve @LCPSOfficial students. pic.twitter.com/bCbWcvOXKZ
— Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (@TheJKCF) May 18, 2018