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Halley Potter – Fellow

Halley Potter
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Halley Potter is a fellow at The Century Foundation, where she researches public policy solutions for addressing educational inequality. Her work focuses on school integration, charter schools, and college admissions. She is coauthor, with Richard D. Kahlenberg, of Diverse Charter Schools: Can Racial and Socioeconomic Integration Promote Better Outcomes for Students? (The Century Foundation, 2012) and A Smarter Charter: Finding What Works for Charter Schools and Public Education (Teachers College Press, 2014). Prior to joining The Century Foundation, Halley taught at Two Rivers Public Charter School in northeast Washington, D.C. She graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in religious studies.

Latest Work by Halley Potter
New Focus on Diversity in Head Start
June 19, 2015
NYC City Council Bill Is Good News for School Integration
May 27, 2015
50 Years On, Head Start’s Best Hope for the Future May Lie in an Idea from Its Past
May 15, 2015
Is There Political Support for Integrated Charter Schools?
April 8, 2015
Student Aid Bill of Rights Is a Win for Economic Mobility
March 12, 2015
Beyond Stuyvesant: How Other NYC High Schools Are Promoting Equity
February 16, 2015
Inside a Teacher-Led Charter School
September 30, 2014
Integrated Schools, Integrated Classrooms
September 22, 2014
Could Teach for America Lead the Way on Student Diversity?
September 2, 2014
Big Lessons on Charter Schools from the Smallest State
August 26, 2014
Charter Schools Take a Stand on Integration
July 1, 2014
What Can We Learn from States That Ban Affirmative Action?
June 26, 2014
The Future of Affirmative Action
June 20, 2014
Charter Schools and Special Education
June 12, 2014
Segregation in the Suburbs
May 16, 2014
The Chicken or Egg Debate: Housing v. School Integration
April 29, 2014
Who Benefits from Universal Pre-K?
March 31, 2014
Encouraging Integrated Schools
March 28, 2014
What Can We Do About Segregation in DC Schools?
March 18, 2014
The Liberal Debate on Affirmative Action
December 9, 2013
Universal Pre-K: The First Challenge for NYC’s Next Mayor?
November 1, 2013
George Washington University Isn’t Need-Blind
October 22, 2013
Three Education Ideas for NYC’s New Mayor
October 9, 2013
Charter Schools Diane Ravitch Can Support
September 25, 2013
Will Parents Choose Diverse Schools?
August 27, 2013
Achieving the American Dream?
July 23, 2013
Three Reasons to Support Integrated Charter Schools
June 10, 2013
Changing the College Admissions Game
May 9, 2013
Fighting the Effects of Poverty Through Socioeconomic Integration
May 6, 2013
Affirmative Action Alternatives
March 13, 2013
Does School Choice Help or Hurt School Integration?
January 28, 2013
Recent research supports district’s diversity plan
January 14, 2013
More Support for Socioeconomic School Integration: Iowa City Is Close to Passing Plan
January 9, 2013
A Better Affirmative Action: State Universities that Created Alternatives to Racial Preferences
October 3, 2012
Diverse Charter Schools: Can Racial and Socioeconomic Integration Promote Better Outcomes?
May 23, 2012
Richard D. Kahlenberg’s Commentary on Fisher v. Texas
February 23, 2012
FEATURING Halley Potter
Separate and unequal: Racial segregation widespread in R.I. public schools
November 9, 2015
Does affirmative action still have a place in college admissions decisions?
November 3, 2015
The Perpetual Debate Over Targeted vs. Universal Pre-K
November 2, 2015
Gifted: Are We Measuring Social Advantage or Innate Aptitude?
October 22, 2015
Report Profiles Charter Schools’ Role in Promoting Diversity
September 30, 2015
How One School Bucks City’s Racially Segregated Gifted and Talented System
September 30, 2015
Resisting School Integration: A Brooklyn Case Study in Scared Parents and Bad Data
September 28, 2015
The Reality of Universal Pre-K
September 14, 2015
Teacher Unions and Civil Rights Groups Battle over Future of No Child Left Behind
July 27, 2015
Tennessee campuses watching Supreme Court college race case
July 10, 2015
When Charters Go Union
June 19, 2015
The Sesame Street Effect
June 19, 2015
De Blasio signs law requiring new school diversity reports
June 18, 2015
Separate and Economically Unequal
June 18, 2015
Aggressive new Nevada law puts private schools in reach of all
June 16, 2015
Let Rich and Poor Learn Together
June 12, 2015
A guide to the city’s 2015 pre-K expansion, challenges
June 9, 2015
Can Charter Schools Be Rescued From the Charter Industry?
June 5, 2015
‘Lessons From NYC’s Universal Pre-K Expansion: How a Focus on Diversity Could Make It Even Better’
June 5, 2015
The Challenge of Diversity in Pre-K Classrooms
June 5, 2015
UPK Report Asks: Where’s the Diversity?
May 13, 2015
Study: City Pre-K Program Can Be Model, With Tweaks
May 13, 2015
High Quality Schools for All
April 21, 2015
White Parents in North Carolina are Using Charter Schools to Secede From the Education System
April 15, 2015
Q & A : A Smarter Charter?
April 8, 2015
At Success Academy Charter Schools, Polarizing Methods and Superior Results
April 6, 2015
What Charter Schools Can Teach Us About Teacher Voice
March 9, 2015
What Makes a Charter Smarter?
February 26, 2015
As He Promotes It, Some Question Obama’s Free Community College Idea
February 23, 2015
Why Teachers Must Be at the Table
February 19, 2015
A Promising Type of Charter
February 18, 2015
How Immigration Distorts Affirmative Action Policy: Academic
February 14, 2015
How Can Charter Schools Best Help Poor Kids? Start Promoting Integration.
February 2, 2015
Smarter Charters
January 30, 2015
Koch Brothers/Charter School Nightmare: “White Kids Get to Go to a School With a Montessori Approach
January 21, 2015
Do Charter Schools Need Teachers Unions?
January 12, 2015
Restoring Shanker’s Vision for Charter Schools
December 16, 2014
Don’t Misunderstand How Charter Schools Succeed
December 11, 2014
Valuing All Voice
November 20, 2014
Do Schools Really Need Principals?
November 11, 2014
A Smarter Charter: A Response to Nelson Smith
October 31, 2014
Ensuring Equity in Charter Schools
October 29, 2014
What Happens When Teachers Are at the Helm of a School?
October 15, 2014
Teaching in America: Education reform should start with empowering teachers
September 4, 2014
Wonkbook: The troubling state of labor
September 3, 2014
The Original Charter School Vision
September 2, 2014
Big charter change seen in 2 D.C. schools
August 28, 2014
“Smarter” Charters Are Diverse, Teacher-Led
August 27, 2014
The City’s Gifted Education System Needs to Shift, One School at a Time
July 18, 2014
Iowa City: Economic Integration?
July 1, 2014
School Diversity Stirs Open Enrollment Debate
July 1, 2014
“For Equity and Integration, School Choice Is the Better Choice”
June 20, 2014
Researchers Explore Ways to Improve Racial Diversity at Colleges
June 20, 2014
‘All the Children are Above Average’: Should Schools Separate Gifted Students?
June 20, 2014
Your Call: How Will Ending Teacher Tenure Affect Education in California?
June 19, 2014
Eliminate Gifted Tracks
June 4, 2014
60 Years After Brown: Do the dreams of some remain deferred?
May 19, 2014
Focusing in on racial segregation in schools
May 19, 2014
Affirmative Action’s Next Phase May Target Class, Not Race
April 29, 2014
Creating diversity without considering race?
April 28, 2014
Focus on Class Instead
April 28, 2014
The future of affirmative action
April 28, 2014
Life After Affirmative Action
April 28, 2014
How Did the Affirmative Action Ban Get to the Supreme Court?
April 24, 2014
Halley Potter on The Joel Riley Show
April 24, 2014
Reading into SCOTUS and affirmative action
April 23, 2014
Pre-K Is Good, But Universal Pre-K Is Better
March 28, 2014
Weighted Admissions Lotteries: Will They Reshape Charter Demographics?
March 20, 2014
Some Charters Can Use Weighted Lotteries, New Federal Guidance Says
January 30, 2014
Education Department changes charter school lottery rules
January 29, 2014
ASD leader’s comments bring attention to relationship between charters and school segregation
January 28, 2014
Need-Blind Admissions Challenged
October 28, 2013
Colleges give largest grants to wealthiest students
August 21, 2013
The New Affirmative Action
June 25, 2013
Boosting Achievement by Pursuing Diversity
May 2, 2013
How the Supreme Court Could Affect First-Generation Students
March 26, 2013

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