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Cooke Foundation Awards $855,000 in Grants to Benefit Low-Income Rural Students

Posted by Amber Styles on Jun 12, 2017 1:00:00 PM

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has awarded $855,000 to academic enrichment programs serving low-income rural students in elementary and secondary schools in North Carolina, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Mississippi and Virginia.

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Topics: low income, Media Release, grants, gifted programs, STEM, achievement gap, SAT, Advanced Placement, rural education, Appalachia, ACT

Cooke Chronicle: Economic Segregation In Schools

Posted by Kate Featherston on Jun 2, 2017 2:50:42 PM

June 2, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. A report finds that 4 in 10 public-school districts are intensely economically segregated; Princeton University acts to admit more low-income students; 2017 Cooke College Scholars are announced; and Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold Levy co-authors an op-ed about a program for outstanding low-income math students that is funded by the foundation.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Scholar News, low income, financial need, Friday Roundup,, education news, achievement gap, Education Budget Cuts, Federal Education Budget, student loans

Cooke Chronicle: Education Budget Incites Controversy

Posted by Kate Featherston on May 25, 2017 3:33:40 PM

May 25, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. President Trump’s proposed education budget draws criticism, a report shows that women hold two-thirds of student debt, and one community college produces three Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholars. 

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Scholar News, low income, financial need, Friday Roundup,, education news, achievement gap, Education Budget Cuts, Federal Education Budget, student loans

Cooke Chronicle: Multimillion-dollar Partnership Will Expand Educational Access

Posted by Kate Featherston on May 19, 2017 12:06:22 PM

May 19, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Proposed Trump administration budget cuts to the Education Department are revealed in greater detail; the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the College Board announce a multimillion-dollar partnership to make college more accessible for low-income and rural students; and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is expected to reveal a new proposal to help parents afford private school tuition for their children.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Scholar News, financial need, college readiness, From the Top, Friday Roundup,, education news, achievement gap, SAT, Education Budget Cuts, College Board, Federal Education Budget, Betsy DeVos, The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Cooke Foundation Announces Five Finalists for $1 Million Prize

Posted by Stacey DaBaldo on Apr 25, 2017 11:22:05 AM

Five universities – Brown University; Rice University; Stanford University; the University of California, Berkeley; and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – are finalists for the $1 million Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence.

The prize is the largest award in the nation recognizing a college making strides in enrolling low-income students and supporting them to successful graduation. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will select one of the universities to receive the prize in May, Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy said in announcing the finalists.

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Topics: funding college, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, college access, excellence gap, JKCF in the News, Cooke Prize, achievement gap

Cooke Chronicle: Education Legislation, College Readiness and Education Budget Cuts

Posted by Kate Featherston on Apr 14, 2017 3:02:15 PM

April 14, 2017 - Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. The New York State Legislature approves legislation to eliminate public college tuition for many students; college admission practices are criticized as being discriminatory against low-income students; President Trump’s proposed cuts to the Department of Education Budget are called harmful; and states are not embracing school choice proposals in plans they are submitting the Department of Education.

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Topics: funding college, college readiness, college access, college cost, college admissions, alumni, Friday Roundup,, higher education, Harold Levy, achievement gap

Cooke Chronicle: Race, Gifted Testing, and Preferential Treatment

Posted by Kate Featherston on Apr 7, 2017 12:54:09 PM

April 7, 2017 - Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Preferential college admissions for the children of major donors is examined and criticized, research shows black students benefit by having black teachers, and Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold Levy calls for early testing of all children to identify more low-income students who would benefit from gifted education programs.

Thank you to all who applied for the 2017 Cooke Young Scholars Program! The application is now closed.

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Topics: application, college access, college admissions, gifted programs, Friday Roundup,, higher education, Harold Levy, achievement gap, race

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