Education

Attracting and Retaining Talent with a Teacher-Centered Culture

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.

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Rediscovering Government

Incarcerated Fathers and the Children Left Behind

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.

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Workers & Economic Inequality

Wanted: A More Aggressive MTA, Part 2

Blog Post by: Jacob Anbinder , on September 3, 2014

In the second part of his series on shoring up the MTA’s finances, TCF policy associate Jake Anbinder argues that New York should hike subway fares on infrequent riders (aka, tourists).

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Education

Could Teach for America Lead the Way on Student Diversity?

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.

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Education

Charter Schools Turn 20. It’s Time for Teacher Voice

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.

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Additional Focus

Wait a minute, Mr. Postman: Why postal banking won’t work

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.

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Foreign Policy

Fossil Fuel Divestment: The Slow-motion Weapon in the Fight Against Climate Change

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.

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Education

How Universities Can Bridge the Graduation Gap

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.

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Education

Big Lessons on Charter Schools from the Smallest State

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.

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Rediscovering Government

The Case for Giving Cash to Poor Kids

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.

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