Higher ed debates & K-12 grades


March 23, 2018 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. School funding and our new state report cards top K-12 coverage. In higher ed discussions, cost-of-living estimates, free college, and student success initiatives are up for debate.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • David L. Kirp, professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, explains that additional education funding can improve outcomes, when spent on research-backed initiatives. His Los Angeles Times opinion states that “targeting children from low-income families can change the trajectory of their lives.”
  • Chalkbeat reports on a new study finding that “a predominantly non-white neighborhood’s chance of gentrification more than doubles, jumping from 18 percent to 40 percent when magnet and charter schools are available.”


Higher Education:

  • Anthony Abraham Jack, assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, describes how spring break can be an especially troubling time for college students experiencing food insecurity in The New York Times.
  • The Wall Street Journal asks higher education experts to weigh in on whether college should be free, and SHEEO (State Higher Education Executive Officers) offers solutions to the question of state involvement in setting cost-of-living estimates at higher education institutions.
  • MDRC shares noteworthy lessons from its 15 years of research focused on college success for low-income students. Many colleges and universities are “boosting support” for such initiatives, states The Hechinger Report.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • Jennifer Glynn, director of research at the Cooke Foundation and co-author of the new report, explains how strong K-12 policies can improve college access in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
  • “We strongly support the six policy recommendations put forward by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation—They are the right formula for providing supportive educational environments for gifted children,” says M. René Islas, executive director of National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC).


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