Guiding Students & Increasing Diversity


April 27, 2018 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Addressing public school segregation sparks debate and in higher ed, students lead the discussion on resources for supporting success.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • Amsterdam News quotes New York State Senator Jamaal T. Bailey on a bill hoping to increase diversity at specialized high schools: “Attending Bronx Science opened many doors that led to my success … Income status and ethnic background should not be factors of whether a student has the opportunity to attend these schools.”


Higher Education:

  • After a student-created guide to “Being Not-Rich” gained popularity at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, students at other institutions have set up similar online resources to serve as campus directories for fellow low-income and first-generation peers. Administrators speak to The Chronicle of Higher Education about how such information could be formally distributed to students.
  • With states across the country launching or expanding free college programs, it is increasingly vital that they have a model for supporting the success of their students,” write Brian Sponsler and Dave Jarrat in The 74.
  • APM Reports examines whether colleges and universities promote social mobility.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • 12 nonprofit organizations from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC will receive a total of $250,000 – the largest amount ever awarded from the Cooke Foundation’s Good Neighbor Grant program.
  • In a moving piece for City & State, Tom Allon commemorates the career of Executive Director Harold O. Levy, “an educational Robin Hood.”
  • A must-watch segment from WRAL celebrates the persistence of Cooke Scholar Sarah Allevato. Sarah applied to a total of 73 scholarships before being awarded our Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.


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