April 24, 2015—Here are the best articles from education news this week.
LANSDOWNE, VA – More than 62,000 students with financial need in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia will benefit from new and expanding summer and academic year programs thanks to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s 2015 Good Neighbor Grants. The Cooke Foundation has awarded a total of $238,770 to nine local nonprofit organizations focused on providing the highest quality of academic programs, college access initiatives, and arts education.
LANSDOWNE, VA – Today the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announces awards totaling $500,000 to selective public high schools in six states to support the schools’ programs that prepare academically talented, low-income students to get admitted to and graduate from these top schools. Combined, the grants will benefit more than 1,500 students in grades 6-12.
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.
By Jeffrey McGee and Harold Levy
April 11, 2015
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?
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.