Blog Post by: Halley Potter , on September 22, 2014
Enrollment is just the first step to creating a socioeconomically and racially integrated school. TCF fellow Halley Potter explains that true integration means making sure each classroom has a healthy mix of race and class.
Blog Post by: Jason Renker , on September 16, 2014
Jason Renker—TCF’s editorial director and the former school board president of the Learning Community Charter School in Jersey City—explains why LCCS values teacher voice and shows how that commitment has helped the school make tough decisions together and emerge stronger from the process.
Blog Post by: Neil Bhatiya , on September 12, 2014
TCF's Neil Bhatiya examines how the U.S. categorizes climate change as a threat in an article for The Week.
Blog Post by: Jason Renker , on September 12, 2014
At Learning Community Charter School in Jersey City, NJ, student diversity is so important that the board moved the entire school to maintain it, TCF editorial director and former LCCS president Jason Renker explains.
Blog Post by: The Century Foundation , on September 4, 2014
On average, charter schools turn over 24 percent of their teachers each year. But at Soulsville Charter School in Memphis, TN, teachers stick around. Soulsville math teachers Jon and Teresa Alfuth explain that the key to Soulsville’s retention is giving teachers a voice in the school.
Blog Post by: Clio Chang , on September 3, 2014
It’s become commonplace to hear complaints about missing fathers, but as TCF policy associate Clio Chang points out, many of these so-called “missing fathers” are actually in prison. Better-funded alternatives—especially for non-violent offenders—could put more fathers at home and keep more children out of poverty.
Blog Post by: Halley Potter , on September 2, 2014
Teach for America's recent push to increase the diversity of its incoming teachers is good news. And TCF fellow Halley Potter suggests that there are some signs that the organization may take a leading role in promoting student diversity as well.
Blog Post by: The Century Foundation , on August 28, 2014
One of the keys to building quality charter schools: finding ways to tap into teachers’ expertise by giving them a voice in school governance. Guest writer Talmadge Nardi, a charter school teacher in Massachusetts, has the full story.
Blog Post by: Jacob Anbinder , on August 27, 2014
TCF's Jacob Anbinder argues that allowing the Postal Service to provide basic financial servies is a bad idea, in an article for The Week.
Blog Post by: Neil Bhatiya , on August 27, 2014
A new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows why divestment alone is not a sufficient strategy for reducing fossil fuel usage. TCF policy associate Neil Bhatiya has the details.
Blog Post by: Mercedes Gonzalez , on August 27, 2014
Faced with a potential end to its race-based affirmative action program, the University of Colorado at Boulder developed an innovative class-based system that it supplemented with an enrichment program. TCF education intern Mercedes Gonzalez says the program’s success is a model for other universities to emulate.
Blog Post by: Halley Potter , on August 26, 2014
Rhode Island may be small, but we can learn a lot from its experiment with diverse charter schools. TCF fellow Halley Potter profiles Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy in the latest entry in TCF’s smarter charter series.
Blog Post by: Clio Chang , on August 25, 2014
One of the best solutions to America’s shockingly-high child poverty rate is also the most obvious: give more money to families of poor children. TCF policy associate Clio Chang says we should be doing more to catch up with our peers in the developed world.
Blog Post by: Neil Bhatiya , on August 21, 2014
A new report from the Asian Development Bank underscores the cost of waiting to address the effects of climate change in South Asia. TCF policy associate Neil Bhatiya has the details.
Blog Post by: Mercedes Gonzalez , on August 21, 2014
A new charter school opened up in Nashville, TN earlier this month. TCF education intern Mercedes Gonzales writes that Valor’s innovative new model “incorporates an impressive mix of racial and socioeconomic diversity—as well as ambitious academic goals—at the heart of its strategic plan.”
Blog Post by: Neil Bhatiya , on August 20, 2014
This week, Jim Jeffords, the former senator from Vermont, passed away at the age of 80. TCF's Neil Bhatiya looks back at the career of one of the few Senators to speak openly about climate change in a bipartisan way.
Blog Post by: Michael Cassidy , on August 20, 2014
A tax loophole is allowing American companies to avoid paying billions of dollars in corporate taxes. TCF policy associate Mike Cassidy explains TCF fellow Ed Kleinbard’s simple plan to end inversions and bring that tax revenue back home.
Blog Post by: Kyra Littlejohn , on August 19, 2014
Just one in eight charter schools is unionized, but TCF intern Kyra Littlejohn says that Amber Charter School’s “thin contract” could point the way forward for other charter schools to provide for greater teacher voice.
Blog Post by: Jacob Anbinder , on August 15, 2014
Yes, the police crackdown in Ferguson, Missouri, was about racial tension. But TCF policy associate Jake Anbinder reminds us that federal criminal justice policy made this week’s excesses possible. “The federal bureaucracy,” Anbinder writes, “would much rather arm local police to the teeth than help them improve the way they serve their communities.”
Blog Post by: Michael Cassidy , on August 14, 2014
We can’t literally turn five loaves and two fishes into food for thousands. But thanks to fiscal multipliers, we can turn $100 of spending on food stamps into $180 in economic activity. TCF policy associate Mike Cassidy explains how.
Blog Post by: Jacob Anbinder , on August 13, 2014
Are shopping malls the solution to the MTA’s financial woes? TCF policy associate Jacob Anbinder says that developing the areas around some of the system’s least-used stations could help to offset some of MTA’s operating deficits.
Blog Post by: Zeinab Khalil , on August 5, 2014
Egypt's interim legislators are proposing a law that would curb the freedoms of civil society and other nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Zeinab Khalil, TCF's Foreign Policy Intern, examines the potential implications.
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