Education and Poverty News
"This year students from low-income families in the Weldon Valley school district will be eligible for free or reduced-price meals during classes.
"The Maine Department of Education will receive an additional $60,000 in federal funds to help Maine high schoolers from low-income families afford Advanced Placement tests. Advanced Placement exams give students college credits before they enter a higher education institution, provided the student performs well on the test."
"A recent study shows low-income students have a harder time earning their diplomas — but not at UCF. The National Center for Education Statistics found that students with lower incomes are less likely to graduate from college. However, Director of Institutional Research Patricia Ramsey said low-income UCF students graduate at nearly the same rate as the university average of 68.3 percent."
"It isn’t enough that financial aid for college is available to low-income students. They have to know it’s available. A new study by the nonprofit Urban Institute found that many low-income families aren’t aware of what aid is available, don’t know how to navigate the system and often overestimate how much college costs. But when they are made aware of what aid is available, a world of possibilities can open. And that can provide a powerful incentive for students from poor families to apply themselves to their studies."
"The percentage of students from low-income families in Austin and many of its surrounding school districts has been shrinking since 2011 and took a steeper dive last school year, a change that the experts tracking rapid growth in Central Texas can’t quite explain."
"Children participating in the Hannah Project’s 'Freedom School' in Marin City this summer are being taught that poverty is not a fact of life that must be grudgingly accepted, but an injustice that must be corrected. The Freedom School, a summer enrichment program at the Hannah Project, was created by the Washington D.C.-based Children’s Defense Fund to encourage reading and to build leadership skills."
"The University of Georgia has received a $1.1 million federal grant to help first-generation and low-income students on its campus. The grant is part of the U.S. Department of Education TRIO Student Support Services program that provides services to students from disadvantaged backgrounds at colleges across the country, and will be distributed over the next five years."
"Low-income schools with high minority student populations tend to opt for severe punishments over medical or psychological interventions when dealing with behavioral problems, according to a new study by a sociologist at Pennsylvania State."
"Advocates declared victory at the Oregon Legislature’s recent passage of House Bill 2545, which eliminates the co-pay for reduced price lunches statewide starting this fall. The change affects more than 30,000 students statewide whose families live on the brink of poverty."
"But there's a potential downside to that college job. Just like parental income, student earnings may boost expected family contribution, a figure which represents what a family is expected to pay for one year of college. And students who over-earn may see a chunk of need-based aid removed from the next year's financial aid package."
"The percentage of low-income students who met college-readiness benchmarks on the ACT exam last year remained flat from the year before, according to a report released this week by ACT Inc. and a national education group."
"A new report from ACT, Inc. shows that 96 percent of its low-income test-takers plan to go to college, yet most are not prepared to succeed at college-level work."
"A new report about college-going nationwide underscores how much financial aid is available to low-income families, yet shows that many do not take advantage of it. According to the report by the Urban Institute, 'low-income, first-generation and minority families are particularly vulnerable to misconceptions concerning college costs.' If these families were made more aware of how feasible it is to go to college, they might be more likely to go, according to the report."
"More low-income students than ever took the test in 2014, according to the report, and a high level of them expressed a plan to attend college. But the bad news: performance by low-income students on the test remained stagnant for a fifth straight year."
"According to a Gallup Poll of millennials, college affordability is the top financial concern, and with good reason: The class of 2015 graduated with an average of $35,051 in debt, an all-time high. Underscoring the sense of urgency, 70 percent of graduating students leave college with debt."
"The Educational Opportunity Fund, the state’s nearly half-century-old program providing both personal support and financial aid for low-income students entering college, rarely gets a shout-out – especially when it actually sees a funding increase."
"Low-income students from one Chicago high school will have an easier time paying for college should they choose to attend Grand Valley State University. GVSU was recently selected as one of 16 colleges participating in the Phoenix Pact, a scholarship program for students at North Lawndale College Preparatory High School in Chicago."
"The purpose of program is to provide academic and other support services to low-income, first-generation and disabled college students to increase retention and graduation rates, according to a statement."
"Started in 1976 as an outgrowth of the National School Lunch Program, the Summer Food Service Program is designed to reach those who are age 18 or younger in low-income areas. It also is open to people over 18 who are mentally or physically handicapped and who participate in public or nonprofit private programs established for the disabled."
"Brooklyn College Academy has ushered many students like Bridgewater and Polite successfully through high school: 100 percent of the school's black students graduated on time last year, and almost all of them went on to four-year colleges. In contrast, the overall graduation rate for black male students in New York City was 58 percent in 2014."
"To combat the obstacles that many first-generation or low-income students might face, Cornell University, among others, instituted pre-freshman summer programs, which are designed to bridge the gap between high school and college and offer a smoother transition into the rigorous academic and social culture that exists on elite campuses. These summer sessions include classes and enrichment programs to prepare students for college academics while also providing them with community and resources."
"So researchers have been going back to the drawing board, trying to prove that, no matter which measuring stick you use, the worst teachers usually end up teaching the most disadvantaged kids. Last month, one of the top researchers in this field, labor economist Dan Goldhaber, published a new study with some of the most convincing evidence yet."
"Elgin Community College and its partners are asking for donations for this year's Project Backpack, which collects school supplies for low-income students who attend Elgin School District U46, Algonquin-based School District 300 or ECC."
"State lawmakers have scheduled a public hearing to consider nearly two dozen bills aimed at special education policies in Massachusetts. The bills address funding, transportation, enrollment and reimbursement policies. One of the bills would create a special commission to conduct an investigation into special education as it applies to low-income students. The bill would require the commission to recommend strategies that address potential problems 'from over-identifying low-income students as students with disabilities.'"
"According to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, using school lunch data in that manner has been has been a long-standing practice. Now the state is using a new measure, with a new name: 'economically disadvantaged.' The DESE will no longer report free and reduced lunch statistics. Instead, it will derive 'economically disadvantaged' numbers based on 'direct certification,' which derives students’ low-income status based upon their families’ enrollment in federal and state assistance programs."