Press Release: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Cooke Foundation Joins Equal Opportunity Schools $100 Million Initiative to Enroll 100,00 Low-Income Students in AP/IB Classes

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announces a partnership with Equal Opportunity Schools and various other organizations and businesses in a collective effort to identify and place 100,000 low-income students and students of color in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses across the country. The Cooke Foundation has pledged a total of $1.5 million.

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Marketplace

Spending $100 million to break down AP class barriers

Marketplace reports a missing 650,000 low-income students and minorities who would participate in advanced courses if given the opportunity. Equal Opportunity Schools, a non-profit that works with schools to increase opportunities like these, announced a $100 million initiative called "Lead Higher" aimed at getting more students (a goal of 100,000) enrolled in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes. EOS is working with a group of education and business organizations — including the College Board, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Tableau Software, the International Baccalaureate Organization and Google.

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The Baltimore Sun

Mandate Gifted Programs

Advocates praise federal initiatives to boost programming for academically gifted, low-income learners in effort to close "excellence gap" in Maryland.

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The Tennessean

Tennessee must work to narrow excellence gap

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as "the nation's report card," revealed that the Volunteer State had made the fastest education gains in the entire country in 2013.

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MSNBC

Can excellence gap in US education be closed?

Harold Levy, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, discusses his foundation’s goal to close the “excellence gap” in grades K-12 through scholarships and grants for innovative.initiatives that support high-performing, low-income students.

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The Wall Street Journal

College Counsel for the Poor

According to the Pell Institute, only about 1 in 10 Americans who grew up poor earn college degrees. Thanks to intense counseling from a nonprofit; one Boston College senior ready to join the 11% of Americans like her and earn her degree.

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The New York Times

New Prize Rewards Economic Diversity at Colleges

Coverage of the $1 million Cooke Foundation Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence awarded to Vassar College this year. With almost one in four Vassar students who qualify for federal Pell grants, Vassar College is enrolling more low-income students and giving them large scholarships than any other college that has a four-year graduation rate of 75 percent.

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Press Release: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Cooke Foundation awards Vassar College inaugural $1 million prize for supporting high-performing, 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. Recipient Vassar College will apply the Cooke Prize to programs for lower-income students, “first generation” students (the first in their family to attend college), and undocumented students, so-called “DREAMers.”

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Press Release: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

New Report from Cooke Foundation Finds State Policies Fail Bright, Low-Income Students

New report from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Equal Talents, Unequal Opportunities: A Report Card on State Support for Academically Talented Low-Income Students, "grades states on 18 simple indicators representing nine distinct state-level policies and nine specific measures of student outcomes. Not one state receives an A.

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Education Week

Report Gives States Poor Grades on Serving Low-Income, Advanced Students

Coverage of the release of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Equal Talents, Unequal Opportunities: A Report Card on State Support for Academically Talented Low-Income Students. The piece features the foundation’s recommendations, including removing barriers to acceleration for advanced students and ensuring access to advanced educational services.

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The Wall Street Journal

Opinion Journal: School Success

Video: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Director of Research Jennifer Giancola interview on the necessary state-level interventions to enable talented low-income students to achieve academic excellence.

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Huffington Post

If We Aren't Helping the Poor Smart Kids, What Hope Is There for Others?

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy writes, “Our failure to help high-ability students from low-income backgrounds fulfill their potential has significant implications for the social mobility of America's lower-income families and the strength of our economy and society as a whole.”

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Inside Higher Ed

Reaching out with tech

Harold O. Levy discusses new Jack Kent Cooke Foundation technology projects, like research fellowships, online college advising and raising awareness about undermatching.

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Educational Leadership

The Widening Income Achievement Gap

Shares findings that show significant growth in the income achievement gap in the last three decades; highlights causes, solutions, consequences and the role schools can play.

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The New York Times

No Rich Child Left Behind

New York Times Opinion piece highlights disparities between grades, standardized test scores, participation in extra-curricular activities, school leadership positions, graduation rates and rates of college enrollment and completion — all favoring the children coming from higher-income families.

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