Education and Poverty News

USA Today, October 6, 2015: Study: Univ. of California schools do the most for low-income students

"The New York Times’ Upshot blog this month placed University of California schools at the top of its ranking for colleges that do the most for low-income students. Of the top seven schools on the list, UC schools occupied six of the spots, with the University of California-Irvine taking the No. 1 spot, and the Berkeley campus at No. 7. The University of California 'is struggling with budget woes that have deeply affected campus life. Yet the system’s nine colleges still lead the nation in providing top-flight college education to the masses,' said Upshot editor David Leonhardt on the site."

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, October 6, 2015: Early FAFSA Filing Seen as Boon for Low-income Students

"Student advocates and experts say the policy change will prove especially beneficial for low-income and first-generation students. It’s estimated by the White House that 2 million Pell Grant-eligible students fail annually to apply for aid due largely to the lack of student understanding of how to negotiate the financial aid system."

The Washington Post, October 5, 2015: (Blog) The new college admissions coalition: Is it really about access?

"Last week, a group of 83 public and private colleges and universities made an announcement that stunned much of higher education: They were joining together to form 'The Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success.' Although details were somewhat vague, the purported goal of the group was to encourage more students from low-income families to consider and apply to this group of colleges, which includes all eight Ivy League institutions and many other prestigious private and public universities."

The Huffington Post, October 5, 2015: (Blog) We Could Be Providing Better Education Solutions to Low-Income Americans, But Aren't

"For many Americans, especially those of color and from low-income families, the education that you get today is simply not good enough to compete in the current globalized economy. The result is a K-12 system that has produced 6.7 million young people, who neither finish nor can find work. Of those that do finish high school, many don't continue on for additional certification or earn incomes often 30-40 percent of the average median."

Latin Post, October 1, 2015: Quality Early Childhood Education Impacts Future Employment, Education, Health, Success

"Quality early childhood education has a substantial influence on future employment, education and health outcomes, according to a new report published in late September. The research highlighted findings within the Latino community and demonstrated the economic power of investing in early childhood education."

U.S. News, October 1, 2015: Can $25 Million Get 500 Poor Kids to and Through College?

"Their common goal? Getting to and through college, no matter the obstacles. And if all goes according to plan, they will, thanks to Cooperman College Scholars, a program that supports a select number of motivated low-income students in Essex County, New Jersey, including Waziri and 76 others. They are the first cohort to benefit from hedge fund CEO and philanthropist Leon Cooperman’s $25 million investment in them."

Deseret News, October 1, 2015: High- and low-performing Title I schools announced

"The highest- and lowest-performing schools with students from low-income families were announced Thursday by the Utah State Office of Education, highlighting ongoing successes and needs for improvement across the state. This year, 326 schools in Utah are receiving Title I funding from the federal government to help offset the impacts of a low-income student population. That's up from 316 schools last year and 302 schools the year before."

NPR, September 30, 2015: What You'll Actually Pay At 1,550 Colleges

"Public colleges don't offer steep discounts for low-income families. What this means is that public colleges can actually be the more expensive option, particularly if a student's family is low-income. But overall, the typical public school is still cheaper than the typical private school."

U.S. News & World Report, September 29, 2015: Low-Income Students Shortchanged on Math Curriculum

"Unequal access to rigorous math content is widening the gap between low-income students and their more affluent peers not only in the United States but in countries worldwide. The findings come from a study released Wednesday by the American Educational Research Association, which used data from the results of more than 300,000 students on the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment, or PISA, an international assessment given to students in countries that are members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development."

The Sacramento Bee, September 29, 2015: Sacramento-area schools make big push to identify low-income students

"As the state directs more money to low-income students, some Sacramento-area schools are pushing harder to solicit family applications for subsidized meals, including campuses in affluent neighborhoods where a fraction of students have qualified in the past."

Inside Higher Ed, September 28, 2015: College Abacus Releases Tool for Low-Income Students

"College Abacus is a free online tool for students and families to compare college pricing -- using net-price estimates taken from colleges and federal databases. The tool, which is owned by ECMC Group, a nonprofit loan guarantor, was one of several outside entities the U.S. Department of Education collaborated with on new data from the White House's College Scorecard, released earlier this month. College Abacus got early access to information from the large data sets that undergird the Scorecard, incorporating it into the online tool."

The Detroit News, September 28, 2015: Low-income students lag in grad rates, loan repayment

"Low-income students working to get a higher education are in peril, graduating less often than their middle-income counterparts and struggling to pay down their college loans, according to two new studies."

The Florida Times-Union, September 28, 2015: New program gives poor students front-row seat to St. Johns River aquatic life

"Jerome and his class are the first to board the boat as part of a new federally and locally-funded initiative to provide more access to low-income classrooms throughout the district to hands-on lessons about the river’s ecosystem. Duval County Public Schools partnered with environmental advocacy group the St. Johns Riverkeeper and CSX give about 4,500 students from the district’s 69 poor elementary schools a front row seat to aquatic life in the river."

The Atlantic, September 27, 2015: What Happens to Pell Grant Recipients After They Enroll?

"A new report released Thursday provides a detailed look at the graduation rates of low-income college students. At many colleges, low-income students graduate at much lower rates than their high-income peers."

CNN Money, September 26, 2015: The newest champion for college students

"Formerly head of the FDIC, Bair is now president of Washington College and gave her inaugural speech Saturday. It focused on how to make college affordable for more families. The bucolic, small liberal arts school in rural Maryland appears to be a far cry from D.C. politics and Wall Street, but Bair said she can draw some 'disturbing parallels' between the 'explosion of student debt' and the subprime mortgage crisis. She doubts the problem will lead to another financial crisis. 'But make no mistake, the trail we are on leads to tears,' she said."

The Atlantic, September 25, 2015: The Irony of Catholic Colleges

"Six of the top 20 nonprofit colleges that are most expensive for low-income students are Catholic institutions, according to a ProPublica analysis of recently released federal data. At almost half of all Catholic colleges, low-income students graduate with more than $20,000 in federal loans. (See ProPublica’s Debt by Degrees interactive, which shows how American colleges compare in how much federal student loan debt students accumulate.)"

The New York Times, September 25, 2015: (Blog) For Pell Grant Recipients, Choice of College Matters

"The federal Pell grant program spent $31.5 billion last year to help 8.6 million low-income and working-class students pay for college educations that they might not have otherwise received. With that much money at stake, the government should be making sure that the colleges and universities who benefit from this program provide a good return on investment by educating Pell grant students and graduating them in a timely fashion."

Pacific Standard, September 25, 2015: The Big Gap in Graduation Rates Between Poor and Wealthy Students

"A new report released Thursday provides a detailed look at the graduation rates of low-income college students. At many colleges, low-income students graduate at much lower rates than their high-income peers."

Medical Xpress, September 24, 2015: School meals can contain unsafe levels of BPA, putting low-income students particularly at risk

"Low-income children are particularly at risk of BPA exposure because they are more likely to eat federally funded meals instead of bringing lunch from home. Increasingly, students are eating not only lunch but also breakfast and sometimes dinner at school, exposing students to potentially dangerous levels of BPA."

U.S. News & World Report, September 23, 2015: Study: Pell Grant Success Dependent on Individual Schools

"The average graduation gap between students who receive federal Pell grants and those who don't is significantly less than the national gap when measured at the individual college level, according to a new report from The Education Trust, a civil rights education advocacy organization."

The Washington Post, September 23, 2015: Aid based on low-income students not always used for their direct benefit

"More than a third of the state aid that Montgomery County receives based on the number of low-income students in its schools has not been used on programs specifically aimed at their needs, according to a new report that examines staffing and resources at high-poverty schools. Montgomery County school officials used $47 million out of its $128 million in this kind of state aid for broader operating budget functions last school year, the report said. The school system is allowed to do so under state law, it said."

Newsweek, September23, 2015: Catholic Universities Are Failing to Help Poor Students

"Six of the top 20 nonprofit colleges that are most expensive for low-income students are Catholic institutions, according to a ProPublica analysis of recently released federal data. At almost half of all Catholic colleges, low-income students graduate with more than $20,000 in federal loans."

The Atlantic CityLab, September 21, 2015: When It Comes to School Choices, It's a Privilege to Have Fewer

"But are kids who live in poor areas confined to local schools? New research suggests that at least in Chicago, which contains the nation’s fourth largest school district, they’re not. Policies that decouple where kids live from where they must attend school—crafted with the best of intentions—have given poor students lots of 'choices' when it comes to where they learn. But that’s not necessarily a good thing."

U.S. News & World Report, September 18, 2015: (Op-Ed) Don't Cut the Kids' Funds

"As they currently stand, the appropriations bills moving through Congress eliminate funding for Preschool Development Grants, which, according to the U.S. Department of Education, translates into more than 100,000 children from low- and moderate-income households losing out on access to high-quality early education. Dismantling this modest grant program when states are just beginning to see success would have immediate consequences for the families and children who are already benefiting from access to high-quality preschool, as well as long-term economic consequences for states and school districts."

The Washington Post, September 17, 2015: A new ranking of colleges that do most for low-income students

"The University of California system is doing the most for low-income students, according to the College Access Index, a new ranking system designed to highlight an aspect of colleges that too often remains hidden: economic diversity."