Higher Ed "Mess" & K-12 Equity


July 14, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Articles examine the “mess” of higher education, as well as strategies for supporting disadvantaged students in K-12.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • U.S. News & World Report describes the rising attention to school lunch shaming and how communities are addressing end-of-year debts for families who cannot afford meals.
  • States that require – and pay for – all high schoolers to take the SAT or ACT see more of their low-income students go to college, reports Chalkbeat.
  • “English-language learners are severely underrepresented in gifted education programs in the nation’s K-12 schools,” says Education Week, also noting that “many schools don’t even test ELLs for giftedness.”


Higher Education:

  • A new study from the Wisconsin HOPE Lab looks at the cost-of-living estimates colleges provide to prospective students. The Chronicle of Higher Education has the findings, along with an interactive tool to examine over- and underestimates at various institutions.
  • “Many students are just one crisis away from leaving college,” states Crain’s Cleveland Business. The article describes how campus emergency aid grants can help support retention and graduation rates.
  • A memo from think tank Third Way details the risks to cutting Pell Grant reserve funds, a move the U.S. House of Representatives is considering.
  • “Higher education in America is a mess,” writes columnist Will Bunch in The Inquirer. “Even at a time when it’s increasingly difficult to get a job without a diploma from a four-year institution, college in these United States is completely unaffordable, not to mention hard to get into if you don’t come from the right zip code or the right parents.”


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • “Students who do not have a lot of support or information on the transition to college may find the summer after high school extremely difficult to navigate,” writes NBC News. The outlet’s coverage on summer melt draws from research by Cooke Scholar Ben Castleman and Lindsay Page.
  • Heads Up America publishes Cooke Scholar Ryan Liu’s article advocating free community college.
  • Violinist Kiarra Saito-Beckman speaks to Cleveland Classical about her decision to enter the Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition. Kiarra is a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award.


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