July 29: Education News We're Reading This Week


July 22, 2016 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. As we kick off our annual gathering of Cooke Scholars, we’re taking the time to examine inequities among public K-12 schools and how students are paying for college.

Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • “Over the past three decades, state and local budgets for prisons and jails grew more than twice as fast as spending on public elementary and secondary education, when adjusted for inflation,” writes Secretary of Education John King for Education Week.

  • A piece in Education Post states that inequities in school district funding remain, despite open enrollment and other workaround policies in some states.

Higher Education:

  • NPR explains why working all summer will no longer cover a college student’s tuition.
  • An opinion piece in The Baltimore Sun explores the reasons behind the “appallingly low” numbers of low-income students at top institutions.

  • Inside Higher Ed­­­ summarizes a new study, which finds “low-income students are well represented across types of public four-year universities, including very selective universities, where they represent a quarter of enrollments – a far higher proportion than is the case at most elite private universities.”

  • Colleges are changing how they charge for semesters and experimenting with new marketing tactics, describes The Wall Street Journal. These and other measures aim to encourage higher rates of college completion.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • Cooke Foundation grantee the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts wraps up its residential summer camp, Project HELIX (Helping Elevate Low-Income students to Excellence). The Sentinel-Record describes the program.

  • MIT News reviews a new book written by MIT Professor and Cooke Scholar Janelle Knox-Hayes, titled The Cultures of Markets: The Political Economy of Climate Governance.

  • Scholars Weekend has begun! Cooke Scholar Daniel Alejandro Leon-Davis kicked off our annual gathering with inspiring keynote address. Follow the action on Twitter and Instagram.