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A Better Bargain for Higher Ed
Andrew Fieldhouse October 29, 2014

A grand bargain on federal fiscal policy is an idea that is dead on arrival, says TCF fellow Andrew Fieldhouse U.S. News. A better idea: states and the federal government should reverse roles in Medicaid and education. The bargain: the federal government will pick up some of the states' share of Medicaid costs and states will in turn invest more in higher education.

To efficiently rejigger their roles, states should agree to provide more money for higher education in exchange for the federal government taking on a greater share of Medicaid financing. Rising Medicaid expenditures are consuming an increasing share of states’ revenue, which in turn crowds out other priorities, such as investment in higher education. The Great Recession greatly aggravated this dynamic.

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Structural Revenue Issue Negates Deficit Gains
Edward D. Kleinbard October 29, 2014

TCF fellow Ed Kleinbard tells Bloomberg Surveillance that a revenue shortfall will impact that narrowing of the U.S. deficit. Watch:

Lower Gas Prices Mean Instant Middle-Class Stimulus
Edward D. Kleinbard October 29, 2014

TCF fellow Ed Kleinbard discusses the economic impact of lower oil prices on Bloomberg Surveillance. Watch:

U.S. Has Highest Poverty of any OECD Country: Report
Edward D. Kleinbard October 29, 2014

TCF fellow Ed Kleinbard talks to Bloomberg Surveillance about inequality and poverty in the United States. Watch:

A Helping Hand to High Achievers
Richard D. Kahlenberg October 29, 2014

TCF senior fellow comments on Michael Bloomberg's new initiative to expand college access and completion" for low-income, high-achieving students. Says Kahlenberg:

There’s very little incentive for universities to address a lack of economic diversity…Racial diversity is much more visible, and socioeconomic diversity is much more expensive to address because you have to provide financial aid.

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Ensuring Equity in Charter Schools
Richard D. Kahlenberg, Halley Potter October 29, 2014

If we could have the best school we can imagine, what would it be?

In a new post at Education Week, TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg and fellow Halley Potter explore how City Neighbors Charter School in Baltimore is answering that question.

Chartering gave City Neighbors' founders the flexibility to do things that are fairly unusual among charter schools. The charter school model has allowed them to pioneer a collaborative governance structure that includes teacher representation on the governing board and provides large blocks of shared planning time—while remaining part of the city school district's collective bargaining agreement.

Read the full article at Education Week.

Franchise Org Will Launch Labor Law Website
Moshe Marvit October 29, 2014

TCF fellow Moshe Marvit talks to Politico's Morning Shift about a new website from a trade group for fast food franchises. The website aims at educating franchisees about labor law requirements. Says Marvit:

Corporations have to be careful in trying to control how the individual stores treat workers … or else it further bolsters the argument that they are joint employers with the franchisees.

The new website was announced as the national Labor Relations Board considers whether or not to consider McDonald’s as a “joint employer” with its franchisees for labor law purposes.

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Here Come the New Neighbors
Richard D. Kahlenberg October 28, 2014

TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg is quoted in a NY City Lens article on socioeconomic integration for K-12 students. Says Kahlenberg:

Giving low income students the chance to go to middle-class schools is probably the best thing we can do to improve their achievement.

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Michigan Colleges Look to Boost Low-Income Enrollment
Richard D. Kahlenberg October 28, 2014

TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg comments on ways that elite colleges can improve access for low-income students in this recent piece in the Detroit News. Says Kahlenberg:

Students from the richest quarter of the population outnumber students of the lowest quarter of the population by 14 to 1 at elite colleges, University of Michigan included.

Read the full article.

Has Fed Policy Made Inequality Worse?
Mark Thoma October 28, 2014

Contrary to assertions from libertarian economists, the Federal Reserve's expansionary money policy did not exacerbate income inequality, writes TCF fellow Mark Thoma at CBS Money Watch. Thoma examines a recent paper looking at the topic. The paper finds that:

in the U.S. between 1980 and 2008, contractionary monetary policy actions tended to raise economic inequality or, equivalently, expansionary monetary policy aimed at fighting recessions lowered economic inequality. Thus, the empirical evidence indicates monetary policy actions affect inequality opposite to the manner suggested by Ron Paul and the Austrian economists.

Read the full article at CBS Money Watch.

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This summit will reinforce the importance of racial and socioeconomic diversity in higher education, and identify new paths to achieving these goals relative to legal constraints recently determined by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The New Internationalism: Foreign Policy After Afghanistan and Iraq
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM (EDT)TCF fellow Michael Cohen joins other panelists to discuss foreign policy after the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. The American Conservative with The American Prospect and the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies are hosting the event in Washington, D.C.
Educational Justice and the Integration of America’s Schools
Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 12 p.m.-2 p.m. TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg joins the Shanker Institute for a panel discussion marking the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. Today, the promise of that historic decision remains unfulfilled. The progress made toward desegregating American schools has not simply stalled, but is increasingly being reversed across the nation. Today, New York schools are the most segregated in the nation.
Inequality Begins at Birth: Child Poverty in America
June 10, 2014 8:30 AM - 3:30 PMJoin TCF's newest fellow Jeff Madrick for a day-long event to discuss America's child poverty problem. The conference, Inequality Begins at Birth: Child Poverty in America, is sponsored by The Century Foundation’s Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative, the Roosevelt Institute and the Academic Pediatric Association. America’s child poverty rate, currently above 22 percent—the highest in the developed world—is one of the nation’s gravest social problems. On June 10, keynote speaker Senator Cory Booker and three panels of economists, policy experts, and child povertyactivists will come together to discuss solutions for helping the nation’s most vulnerable. Lunch will be provided. There will be a live web cast of the event. RSVP HERE.
 

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