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April 17: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Apr 17, 2015 11:06:00 AM

April 17, 2015Here are the best articles from education news this week.

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Topics: Friday Roundup,, education news, JKCF in the News

Fordham Institute Reviews JKCF Report

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Apr 16, 2015 4:32:25 PM

Equal Talents, Unequal Opportunities: A Report Card on State Support for Academically Talented Low-Income Students

By Michelle Lerner
April 15, 2015

Thomas B. Fordham Institue

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, best known for its scholarship programs for low-income gifted students in high school and college, has entered into the policy realm by beating the drum on an important issue—closing the excellence gap. Gifted-education expert Jonathan Plucker and his coauthors grade states on how they educate an oft-forgotten class of learners: high-performing, low-income students.

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Topics: excellence gap, JKCF in the News

JKCF Executive Director in Richmond Times-Dispatch

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Apr 13, 2015 3:45:38 PM

Empower high-achieving, low-income students across Virginia

By Jeffrey McGee and Harold Levy
April 11, 2015
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Much has been made of the growing need for skilled workers in Virginia. There’s no doubt that Virginia’s next generation workforce will measure up. Our concern is, will it be innovative?

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Topics: excellence gap, JKCF in the News

April 10: Cooke Foundation News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Apr 10, 2015 3:43:08 PM

It’s been a busy two weeks at the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. On March 31 we released a report on closing the excellence gap titled Equal Talents, Unequal Opportunities: A Report Card on State Support for Academically Talented Low-Income Students. On Tuesday, we were delighted to announce that the inaugural Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence was awarded to Vassar College in New York.

To recap the numerous publications who wrote about the State Report Card and new Cooke Prize, check out the following news hits from the past week.

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Topics: Friday Roundup,, education news, JKCF in the News

JKCF in the News: The Boston Globe

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Apr 10, 2015 10:21:17 AM

What is it like to be poor at an Ivy League school?

High-achieving, low-income students, often the first in their families to attend college, struggle to feel they belong on elite campuses.

By Brooke Lea Foster
April 9, 2015
The Boston Globe
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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, low income, high achieving, JKCF in the News

JKCF Cooke Prize Featured in The Huffington Post

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Apr 9, 2015 4:04:50 PM

Vassar College Actively Recruited Low-Income Students, And Got $1 Million For It

By Alexandra Svokos
April 9, 2015
The Huffington Post

Average annual tuition for private, nonprofit colleges is a staggering $32,000 -- leaving many students, particularly those from lower-income households, saddled with debt. Fortunately, some schools are focusing their efforts on making attending college less of a financial burden and more accessible.

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Topics: excellence gap, education news, JKCF in the News

Watch: Vassar College, Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Apr 9, 2015 11:00:35 AM

This week the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced the Cooke Prize for Equity in Education Excellence, a $1 million award recognizing colleges supporting high-performing students with financial need. This year's recipient is Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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Topics: excellence gap

The Guardian features JKCF Cooke Prize

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Apr 8, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Vassar College receives $1m award for support of low-income students

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation gives inaugural prize to New York institution, saying Vassar has more than doubled financial aid budget and grown in diversity

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Topics: excellence gap, JKCF in the News

New York Times: Vassar College Receives $1 Million JKCF Prize

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Apr 7, 2015 11:24:47 AM

New Prize Rewards Economic Diversity at Colleges

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Topics: excellence gap, education news, JKCF in the News

JKCF Awards Vassar College Inaugural $1 Million Prize for Supporting High-Performing, Low-Income Students

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Apr 7, 2015 9:14:12 AM

LANSDOWNE, VA – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announces an inaugural $1 million award to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, for its success in attracting and graduating low-income students. The Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence is the largest award in the nation recognizing a college making strides in enrolling low-income students and supporting them to successful graduation.

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