Fearing surveillance, dads with a record avoid kids’ schools

ITHACA, N.Y. – Children whose parents have spent time behind bars have worse social, economic, cognitive, behavior and health outcomes than kids whose parents haven’t. But researchers know less about why that is. A Cornell University sociologist and former elementary school teacher recently identified a mechanism that may explain why these kids have worse educational […]

DeVos ‘choice’ plan robs the poor and gives to the rich

John Sipple, director of the New York State Center for Rural Schools and expert on education at Cornell University, says Trump’s pick for secretary of education – which the Senate is scheduled to confirm this afternoon – is pushing a plan that requires diverting federal money away from poor communities where promises for enhanced education […]

Connecticut court order offers opportunity for equitable education

This week, a judge in Connecticut ordered state officials to develop plans for a major overhaul of its public education system, and said the state was “defaulting in its constitutional duty” to educate children in poor communities. Sofia Villenas, a professor of Anthropology at Cornell University who studies education, citizenship and social movements, says that […]

Here’s why run-down schools trigger low test scores

ITHACA, N.Y. – Social scientists have known for several years that kids enrolled in run-down schools miss more classes and have lower test scores than students at well-maintained schools. But they haven’t been able to pin down why. A Cornell University environmental psychologist has an answer. Lorraine Maxwell, an associate professor of design and environmental […]

Calculator determines your risk of poverty during next 5, 10 or 15 years

While Forbes touted its annual list of billionaires around the world this week, economic hardship and inequality experts Thomas Hirschl, professor in the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University, and Mark Rank, the Herbert S. Hadley Professor of Social Welfare at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, have developed a new […]

Every Student Succeeds Act does not differ sharply from No Child Left Behind law

Jordan Matsudaira is an economist who studies the impact of education and labor market policies and institutions on the outcomes of low-income Americans.  He previously served as Chief Economist of the Council of Economic Advisers in the White House. He says that the new act to replace the No Child Left Behind Law is not all […]

Changes in the classroom: education expert available to comment on Every Student Succeeds Act

A new education policy called the Every Student Succeeds Act could be signed into law this week, after receiving bipartisan support. Analysts say one of the biggest changes of the No Child Left Behind replacement policy is the shift of authority from the federal government to states and local districts. Cornell education expert John W. […]

Cornell expert says study on disadvantaged boys challenges the U.S. to pay attention to suffering children

Travis Gosa, is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Education at Cornell University, an is affiliated with the Cornell Center for the Study of Inequality. Gosa says that the study, “Family Disadvantage and the Gender Gap in Behavioral and Educational Outcomes” that shows boys from disadvantaged backgrounds suffer more than girls from the same […]

Cornell, Ithaca College offer masters program in ag education

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University and Ithaca College will offer a new Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program to help meet growing demand for qualified agricultural educators. Students in the graduate program will earn a degree in agriculture education from Ithaca College in collaboration with Cornell Connect, a program of the College of Agriculture […]

Gov. Cuomo must balance school accountability with post-recession realities

Expectations of greater accountability for schools and teachers are among many proposals in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State Address today. John Sipple, director of the New York State Center for Rural Schools and professor of Development Sociology at Cornell, says that the governor needs to balance the issues of greater school […]