Opening Doors & Educator Resources


August 18, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Obstacles to college access are explored in new education research. K-12 coverage focuses on resources for educators.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • The Washington Post and Chalkbeat offer resources and advice for teachers to help contextualize last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville. In a related article, Politico notes that “109 public schools are named for Confederate icons… Of these schools, nearly 25 percent have a student body that is primarily black.”
  • The practice of grade inflation gives students attending wealthier schools an unfair advantage in college admissions, explains The Hechinger Report.


Higher Education:

  • Business Insider cites a new report on college access from the National Bureau for Economic Research: “Children whose parents are in the top 1% of the income distribution are 77 times more likely to attend an Ivy League college than those whose parents are in the bottom income quintile.”
  • The Boston Globe reports on the underrepresentation of students with financial need at the country’s elite colleges and universities.
  • The Hill covers current concerns and uncertainty surrounding the continuation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • Cooke Scholars Anna Neuman and Mitra Kiciman share their experiences applying to college with NPR.
  • Inside Higher Ed highlights findings and recommendations in our “Opening Doors” report. Additionally, a short summary is covered in Politico’s Morning Education.


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