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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.