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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Foreign Policy

Asian Development Bank Report Underscores Economic Need to Address Climate Change

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.

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Education

Diverse Charter School Opens in Nashville

Blog Post by: Mercedes Gonzalez , on August 21, 2014

Members of Valor Collegiate Academy's inaugural fifth grade class. Photo credit: Valor Collegiate Academy.

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.”

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Foreign Policy

Remembering Climate Hawk Jim Jeffords

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.

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Workers & Economic Inequality

Inverting the Competition: TCF Fellow Ed Kleinbard Reveals the Real Reason Why American Companies Are Selling Out

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.

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Education

Thin Contracts Can Provide a Good Balance

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.

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Foreign Policy

Ferguson Could Happen Anywhere

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.”

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Workers & Economic Inequality

Jesus Was a Keynesian

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.

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Workers & Economic Inequality

Wanted: A More Aggressive MTA, Part 1

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.

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Education

Separate but Unequal in College Greek Life

Blog Post by: Clio Chang , on August 12, 2014

TCF policy associate Clio Chang investigates elitism from the frat house to the fortune 500 and finds that Greek systems at the nation's elite colleges and universities are exacerbating class divides.

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Foreign Policy

The Case for an Air-Travel Carbon Tax

Blog Post by: Neil Bhatiya, Jacob Anbinder , on August 11, 2014

TCF's Jacob Anbinder and Neil Bhatiya, examine the potential for carbon taxes on air travel within the U.S, in a piece for The Fiscal Times.

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Foreign Policy

A Reality Check on Climate Change

Blog Post by: Neil Bhatiya , on August 11, 2014

TCF policy associate, Neil Bhatiya responds to some overheated optimism about how well-prepared we are to fight climate change.

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Workers & Economic Inequality

In Defense of the Cheap Subway Ride

Blog Post by: Jacob Anbinder , on August 6, 2014

The New York subway costs the MTA about $4.23 per trip. The average fare is just $1.78. And that’s exactly as it should be, according to TCF’s Jake Anbinder.

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Foreign Policy

NGO Law Threatens One of Egypt’s Last Lifelines

Blog Post by: Zeinab Khalil , on August 5, 2014

Photo by Sebastian Hordasch/Flickr

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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Workers & Economic Inequality

Why Labor Organizing Should Be a Civil Right

Blog Post by: Imhotep Royster , on July 30, 2014

Photo by Flickr/Judy Baxter

TCF labor intern Imhotep Royster looks at new legislation from Reps. Keith Ellison and John Lewis that would make labor organizing a civil right.

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Foreign Policy

The White House and the Search for a Cost-Effective Climate Policy

Blog Post by: Neil Bhatiya , on July 29, 2014

TCF policy associate Neil Bhatiya says that the Council of Economic Advisers’ new report on climate change demonstrates the need for immediate action.

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Additional Focus

How the Death Penalty Fosters Our Inner Devils

Blog Post by: Margaret Mattes , on July 24, 2014

In light of the recent botched execution in Arizona, Margaret Mattes, TCF domestic policy intern, shines light on our deepest, darkest desires when it comes to the death penalty.

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Foreign Policy

UN Human Development Report and Climate Change Vulnerability

Blog Post by: Neil Bhatiya , on July 24, 2014

TCF policy associate Neil Bhatiya highlights important points from the most recent United Nations Human Development Report, released today. 

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Social Insurance

Vox’s Poor Measure of Food Affordability

Blog Post by: Michael Cassidy , on July 23, 2014

Mike Cassidy, TCF policy associate, responds to a Vox article by Matthew Yglesias detailing the new affordability of food in America. As it turns out, this isn't the reality for many low-income households.

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Foreign Policy

Measuring Pipeline Politics in Cronuts

Blog Post by: Erin Nelson , on July 23, 2014

Erin Nelson, TCF publications intern, views international pipeline politics through the lens of NYC's favorite pastry. 

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Workers & Economic Inequality

What Do NFL Cheerleaders Have to Do With the Minimum Wage?

Blog Post by: Imhotep Royster , on July 21, 2014

Imhotep Royster, TCF labor policy intern, makes the case for professional athletes, including cheerleaders, to obtain fair wages for their labor. 

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Education

The Denial of Justice for Corinthian and, More Importantly, For Us

Blog Post by: Margaret Mattes , on July 18, 2014

Margaret Mattes, TCF domestic policy intern, continues to follow the for-profit institution Corinthian Colleges and its tenuous relationship with the Department of Education. 

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Foreign Policy

American Unilateralism I Can Get Behind

Blog Post by: Neil Bhatiya , on July 18, 2014

In The Week, policy associate Neil Bhatiya looks at a new poll that finds Americans are eager for the federal government to combat climate change. 

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Education

For-Profit Schools Rely Too Heavily on Federal Funding

Blog Post by: Margaret Mattes , on July 15, 2014

Margaret Mattes, TCF domestic policy intern, covers the ongoing controversy surrounding Corinthian Colleges, the pre-eminent for-profit education corporation.

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Foreign Policy

Civil Resistance Is Alive in Syria

Blog Post by: Zeinab Khalil , on July 15, 2014

Zeinab Khalil, TCF foreign policy intern, describes the fledgling civil resistance movement in Syria, which has now turned its attention on ISIS.

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