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.
- 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:
- Concerns about college costs discourage one in three high-achieving, low-income students from applying to any college. Our latest research report identifies common challenges and provides a road map for how America’s top colleges can reverse the trend. Read it here: “Opening Doors: How Selective Colleges and Universities Are Expanding Access for High-Achieving, Low-Income Students.”
- 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.