Understanding Equity & Obstacles for Students


July 7, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Articles cover how K-12 leaders plan to close the Excellence Gap and spotlight affordability, food insecurity, and other challenges for college students with financial need.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • “Connecticut not only has one of the nation’s largest achievement gaps, but also an excellence gap,” reports the Connecticut Post. A new state law aims to narrow those disparities.
  • Education Dive shares insights and recommendations from the National Forum on Education Policy, emphasizing that addressing educational equity requires professional development for teachers and administrators.


Higher Education:

  • NPR explains how changes in tuition prices and the minimum wage prevent students from working their way through college. 
  • Maryland is the first state to ban scholarship displacement, reports The Baltimore Sun. This new law “limits the conditions under which institutions may decrease financial aid, allowing reductions when a student’s aid exceeds the cost of college or with permission from a scholarship provider.”
  • Food-insecure students are often “invisible” on campus, reports Pacific Standard in an article covering recent studies and solutions to address hunger.
  • Being a first-generation college student often “tears you away from your family and community,” shares David Hernández in a commentary for The Chronicle of Higher Education. “Colleges should recognize that some students are making it in their own way, without a support system.”


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • In USA Today, Cooke Scholar Sagar Chapagain shares his opinion on the Senate health care bill.
  • Cooke Scholar Agata Bykovtzev will compete in the U.S. Junior Championship chess tournament this summer. Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk profiles Agata’s accomplishments.


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