Despite offering access to higher education for a lower cost, community colleges often experience low graduation rates. In his latest report, TCF senior fellow Rick Kahlenberg calls for more targeted investments in order to reach low-income students who often need funding the most.READ MORE
The latest NYC City Council bill that calls for more comprehensive classroom data is a step in the right direction for encouraging socioeconomic and racial integration in schools.READ MORE
Enrolling kids in pre-K has proven to be a way to alleviate child poverty and income inequality in the long run. Policy associate Clio Chang details the steps we can take to provide diverse and high-quality classrooms in NYC and nationwide.READ MORE
TCF senior fellow Rick Kahlenberg, who has written extensively on reforming the higher education system, encourages the U.S. Supreme Court to accept an appeal made by Abigail Noel Fisher in the Fisher v. University of Texas litigation challenging UT-Austin’s affirmative-action policies. Kahlenberg champions the use of class instead of race as a means of encouraging a diverse student body on college campuses.
In the Fisher decision, the court said the 14th Amendment of the Constitution placed on universities "the ultimate burden of demonstrating, before turning to racial classifications, that workable race-neutral alternatives do not suffice." The justices then sent the case back to the Fifth Circuit to apply this standard.
Read Kahlenberg's entire article featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
A number of factors are thwarting New York City Mayor de Blasio's attempt to shrink the gap between the rich and the poor by providing free of charge universal pre-K to every family in the city. TCF fellow Halley Potter says that there remain a number of concerns, the most glaring being the lack of socioeconomic and racial integration in early education classrooms.
The preferences in admissions lotteries for pre-K also limit opportunities for fostering diversity. In 2014, almost half of all pre-K programs in district schools filled up entirely with students who live in the attendance zone or who have a sibling in the school, leaving little room to increase diversity by drawing students from beyond the immediate neighborhood.
Read Potter's article featured in the NY Daily News.
For the 50th anniversary of the Head Start program, TCF fellow Halley Potter reflects on the original vision for the program and the need for more integrated classrooms in early childhood education.READ MORE
Most K-12 education reforms are about trying to make "separate but equal" schools for rich and poor work well. The results of these efforts have been discouraging. The Century Foundation looks at ways to integrate public schools by economic status through public school choice. At the higher education level, we examine ways to open the doors of selective and non-selective institutions to students of modest means.
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