Inequality from age three to college degree


September 29, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Articles cover education inequity from age three to college degree.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • The Trump administration’s tax reform proposal would cut the state and local tax deductions that subsidize public schools. Politico explains what to expect as the proposal is considered by Congress.
  • High school students who take dual enrollment courses at community colleges are more likely to graduate college, writes Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. However, “just taking college courses, especially for low-income students, isn’t enough” and support systems outside of school are important.
  • “Inequality in America is apparent by age 3: Most rich kids are in school, while most poor kids are not,” reports The Washington Post.


Higher Education:

  • The Department of Education updates its College Scorecard and debuts a new comparison tool. New America shows how prospective students can use the tool to compare cost, graduation rates, and salary data to help determine college fit.
  • The Trump administration has not responded to invitations to meet with the presidential advisory commissions on educational excellence for Black, Hispanic, and Asian American and Pacific Islander students. Education Week notes that all three commissions expire Saturday.
  • Ten years after their sophomore years of high school, 20 percent of first-generation college students completed a four-year degree compared to 42 percent of their continuing-generation peers, writes Inside Higher Ed.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • Executive Director Harold O. Levy and John B. King Jr., the former Secretary of Education and president and CEO of the Education Trust, co-author a piece for The Washington Post about indexing Pell Grant amounts to inflation. Levy and King share the story of Cooke Scholar Mateo Magdaleno, who benefited from Pell Grants before graduating, founding a nonprofit, and receiving the U.S. Congressional Award Gold Medal.
  • Cooke Young Scholar Blue Brasher-Rues earns the 2017 Marine Debris Creative Advocacy Competition Gold Award from Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs. Watch Blue’s video submission detailing how she coordinated an impactful community art show.
  • The Paducah Sun profiles Cooke Young Scholar Paige Kight, and Consumer Reports reminds high school seniors to apply for our College Scholarship Program before the November 14 deadline.


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