Policy Concerns & Syllabus Revisions


August 11, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Higher ed advocates discuss admissions and resources for students with financial need. Coverage on K-12 finds concerns for policy and budgetary changes.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • The Hechinger Report describes how proposed budget cuts and relaxed nutrition standards for school meal programs would affect students from low-income families, noting that “new research has reinforced previous studies showing school meals have a profound impact on students’ academic outcomes, attendance, and overall health.”
  • Changes to Georgia’s policy for subsidizing Advanced Placement (AP) testing have many advocates concerned of “diminishing prospects” for socioeconomically disadvantaged students, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  • Where do achievement gaps come from and how can schools and policymakers best address them? The Albert Shanker Institute explores new research questions.


Higher Education:

  • “It’s high time we began applying the distance-traveled concept to college admissions,” writes Ryan Craig in an Inside Higher Ed opinion piece. “A student who has traveled a greater distance – overcoming a lack of resources, family structure or support, and discrimination of any kind – is more likely to have the grit that is probably a better predictor of lifetime/career success.”
  • Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab, a higher education thought leader from Temple University, encourages other educators to add a statement on basic needs security to their syllabi. Read her suggested phrasing in Medium.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • The Pilot writes about the Student Transfer Excellence Program (C-Step), a program that provides guarenteed admission to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for students who complete their associate degree at local community colleges with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above. The Cooke Foundation has provided grants to support C-Step.


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