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Harold O. Levy Recommends Alternatives for Maintaining Diversity

Posted by Amber Styles on May 3, 2016 2:13:37 PM

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Topics: low income, college admissions, JKCF in the News, True Merit

April 29: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on Apr 29, 2016 2:28:15 PM

April 29, 2016— Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. New articles explore the various impacts money makes in school districts. College is becoming less affordable in most states, and institutional and governmental policies could do more to support low-income students.

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Topics: Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

New York Daily News Publishes Ideas for Strengthening College Pathway

Posted by Amber Styles on Apr 28, 2016 4:52:48 PM

Crystal Bonds, Harold O. Levy, and Secretary of Education John King at a 2015 Cooke Foundation event.

In an op-ed for the New York Daily News, Crystal Bonds and Harold O. Levy celebrate the encouraging spirit of College Signing Day while noting some of the factors that discourage many talented low-income students from ever sharing their college acceptance letters.

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Topics: low income, high school, college access, JKCF in the News

Harold O. Levy in Fox News: Averages Ensure Only Average Possibilities

Posted by Amber Styles on Apr 27, 2016 4:48:56 PM

It turns out that one size doesn't fit all. In a new opinion piece for Fox News, our executive director describes how education's focus on averages (such as with test scores) often relegates teachers to "teach to the middle" of the class. Levy writes:

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Topics: students, low income, excellence gap, JKCF in the News

Cooke Scholar Community Celebrates College Signing Day

Posted by Amber Styles on Apr 27, 2016 3:36:11 PM

Yesterday, we joined First Lady Michelle Obama and her Reach Higher initiative to celebrate National College Signing Day. As high school seniors commit to their colleges, the First Lady wanted to make sure there is plenty of fanfare, both online and at the Harlem Armory in New York City, where 4,000 students gathered to commemorate College Signing Day. 

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Topics: Higher Education Scholars, high school seniors, Scholars, college decision

Harold O. Levy's Four Keys for Equalizing Educational Opportunity

Posted by Amber Styles on Apr 26, 2016 4:55:06 PM

Our executive director has a new piece in The Huffington Post discussing how to open the doors of educational opportunity for all. Citing the small percentages of low-income students represented in K-12 advanced learner programs and in selective colleges and universites, Harold O. Levy calls on educators to adopt four empowering strategies.

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Topics: college access, JKCF in the News

April 22: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on Apr 22, 2016 3:29:48 PM

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Topics: Scholar News, college access, STEM, JKCF in the News

Baltimore High School Senior Kathy Le Receives Cooke College Scholarship

Posted by Amber Styles on Apr 22, 2016 12:14:22 PM

Earlier this week, members of the Cooke Foundation staff had the pleasure of notifying another College Scholarship Program recipient in person. Kathy Le is a senior at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (Poly) whose research on genetic mutation led her to be named a semifinalist in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search. 

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Topics: College Scholarship, high school seniors, Scholarship Recipients, College Scholar

Announcing the 2016 Good Neighbor Grant Recipients

Posted by Amber Styles on Apr 21, 2016 11:43:50 AM


LANSDOWNE, Va. – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation today announced $150,000 in Good Neighbor Grants to seven nonprofit organizations that provide academic and arts enrichment programs serving more than 3,600 students in Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. The one-time grants range from $10,000 to $35,000 each.

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Topics: Media Release, grants, Good Neighbor Grants

Harold O. Levy Merit Aid Op-Ed Published by CNN

Posted by Christine Florence on Apr 20, 2016 2:01:54 PM

In his most recent op-ed published by CNN, our executive director discussed the paradoxical relationship between colleges and universities wanting to enroll students who can pay the tuition but enticing them with financial aid. 

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Topics: financial aid, low income, financial need, JKCF in the News

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