Technology, transfers, and tracking students

Cooke Scholars collaborate on an activity at Scholars Weekend 2015.

December 7, 2018 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Articles discuss technology access and food insecurity in higher education. Students and advocates write about making advanced academic K-12 programs more equitable.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • “There is an undeniable lack of racial diversity in Seattle’s advanced-learning programs,” writes high school sophomore Millan Philipose in The Seattle Times. “This inequity is unacceptable, but eliminating our current system would be harmful and unnecessary.”
  • In The High Flyer, Joy Lawson Davis recommends three strategies to address access gaps to gifted programs in K-12 schools.
  • The Atlantic looks at the “very steep road” ahead for a class-action lawsuit in Rhode Island that seeks to establish a Constitutional right to education.


Higher Education:

  • “Just 3 percent of enrollment at these top colleges are students from low-income [backgrounds]. And a proven ground for recruiting smart, low-income students is through transfers, especially from community colleges,” states NPR.
  • On the Scatterplot sociology blog, Indiana University Assistant Professor of Sociology Jessica Calarco explains how “problems with technology maintenance can make it difficult for students—and especially low-income students and students of color—to do their work, do it well, and submit it on time.”
  • Nonprofit Quarterly reports that all 84 State University of New York (SUNY) and City University of New York (CUNY) institutions have established a campus food pantry or partnered with a local food pantry to serve students.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • Cooke Young Scholar Natalie McVay is making plans for college while continuing to perform in musical competitions, writes Our Kids, Our Future.
  • Former Executive Director Harold O. Levy is remembered by Chester Finn in EducationNext, as well as in his alma mater’s student publication, The Cornell Daily Sun.


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Photo header: Cooke Scholars collaborate on an activity at Scholars Weekend 2015.