Education Budgets & Early Decision

Cooke Scholars attend a presentation at Scholars Weekend 2016.

May 31, 2019 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Various articles discuss funding for higher education and K-12 schools. Also, read about the impact of early decision in admissions.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • “Measuring achievement gaps between rich and poor might seem like a straightforward exercise for education experts. … But despite this apparent simplicity, two prominent education researchers have arrived at different answers.” The Hechinger Report dissects the debate.
  • Although it’s been over a decade since the Great Recession hit, 22 states have yet to restore K-12 funding to pre-recession levels, reports Education Week.


Higher Education:

  • “Pell Grants in 2017 only covered 25 percent of average education costs, compared to two-thirds in the mid-1970s,” states Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. The article shares additional findings from a new report on college access and affordability.
  • “Of students who entered ninth grade in 2009, 78 percent of those from the wealthiest 20 percent of families were enrolled in college seven years later (in 2016), whereas just 28 percent of students from the lowest quintile were,” reports The Atlantic.
  • In Inside Higher Education, Scott Jaschik explores why students with financial need are less likely to receive accommodations when taking the SAT.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • The Harvard Gazette features Cooke Scholar Adele Woodmansee’s achievements in language, research, music, and hiking the Appalachian Trail.
  • Dr. Jennifer Glynn, the Foundation’s director of research and evaluation, speaks to The Chronicle of Higher Education about how early decision admissions policies can elicit questions about college access. Virginia’s The Daily Progress also cites Cooke Foundation research on this topic.
  • Bergen Community College celebrates three 2019 Cooke Transfer Scholars, Mikiko Freund, Won Joon Kang, and Lindsey Njanja. Montgomery College shares a thoughtful profile of Cooke Transfer Scholar Wendy Mejia Aguilar.


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Photo header: Cooke Scholars attend a presentation at Scholars Weekend 2016.