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.


Higher Education:

  • 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 TribuneThe 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.


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