Social justice, school counselors, and solutions for college affordability

Cooke Young Scholars Welcome Weekend

February 1, 2019 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Social justice, school counselors, and solutions for college affordability are trending topics.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • “Oftentimes, those who stand the most to benefit from a school counselor — students of color and students from low-income families — don’t have access to one,” writes Education Trust. Read more about the importance of school counselors in a fact sheet created by Ed Trust, Reach Higher, and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).
  • In Education Week, Crystal Belle advises teachers adopting a social justice pedagogy.


Higher Education:

  • Rep. Bobby Scott became Chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce earlier this month. Diverse: Issues in Higher Education reports on Rep. Scott’s priorities for increasing affordability and accountability in higher education.
  • Al Jazeera’s The Stream speaks with a panel of students and advocates to explore why homelessness is becoming more prevalent among college students.
  • Would combining community college with the public K-12 education system be a feasible solution for tuition-free degrees? Inside Higher Ed examines a proposal from the mayoral race in Chicago.


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Photo header: Cooke Young Scholars explore the Johns Hopkins University campus as part of the Foundation’s 2016 Welcome Weekend event.