February 6, 2015: Education News We're Reading This Week
This NPR article assesses the challenges that accompany public online education, using the Florida Virtual School as an example. Small teacher salaries and nonexistent special education curriculum top the list of critiques.
Melissa Korn of The Wall Street Journal has weighed in on the new Pell Institute study titled “Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States.” Data unsurprisingly shows that wealthy students’ college completion rates have increased greatly in 40 years, while those for low-income students have been upped from 6 to only 9 percent. Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy also responded you can read his take on our blog.
Mary Jo Madda and Michael Winters mention the Cooke Foundation on this week’s EdSurge podcast, the first edition of its weekly recordings.
College Scholar Sharmen Hettipola posted a reflection of her most recent trip to Sri Lanka, for which she provided 170 students at the Haragama School with supplies for the year. Read more about Sharmen on our blog.
Inside Philanthropy mentions the Cooke and Davidson foundations in an article discussing support for gifted students.