TCF fellow Halley Potter's report on how charter schools can foster diversity in schools was featured on the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools website. The report profile highlights how the autonomy of charter schools is a powerful tool for working around the segregation put in place by district lines.
The paper concludes that strong inter-district charter school policies include the ability to: draw students from multiple school districts; use a weighted lottery to promote student body diversity; provide transportation; and a mission to promote diversity and integration.
Read the NAPCS's profile of Halley's report.
TCF education fellow Halley Potter was recently cited in a DNAInfo article that discusses the power of various charter school models, highlighting specifically the advantage of creating diverse student environments.
Mixing kids of different groups is not just an academic exercise but has real-world implications, Potter said. "Students attending integrated schools can help reduce racial prejudice."
Read the full article from DNAInfo.
The Seventy Four printed an article that showcased students and parents from New York public schools P.S. 307 and P.S. 8 —which have radically different demographics. A rezoning plan has parents questioning the effects that merging the two schools will have on students. TCF fellow Halley Potter comments saying that the integration incited by the merging of the schools will be a plus for the students of both schools.
Potter says that this assumption is about deep-seated personal prejudices, yes, but it’s also about structural inequity. It is true that in many places schools with lots of poor students get the least qualified teachers, experience significant teacher turnover, and don’t receive an equitable share of resources.
Read the full article featuring Potter.
For-profit colleges continue to be an issue by duping students into enrolling in higher education programs that do not offer a sufficient enough return for graduates to pay back their debt. TCF fellow Bob Shireman reports on the Corinthian Colleges case, which Governor Brown of California can help fix if he agrees to sign a bill that would provide a small amount of support for nonprofit legal assistance, and restore students' eligibility for state grant programs so that the students can start fresh.
"Rather than being tamed by the $6.5 million fine, Corinthian seemed to treat it as simply a cost of doing business, a launching pad for a new, bigger round of irresponsible behavior. Over the next three years the company's Heald, Wyotech, and Everest brands grew by 68 percent, adding the equivalent of UCLA's total enrollment to reach 113,818 students in 2010."
Read the full article from Huffington Post.
TCF fellow Greg Anrig calls out a recent report that claims the Obama administration severly overstates the cost of providing quality, universal preschool to all four-year-olds.READ MORE
The student debt epidemic has become an increasingly serious issue, so large that some agencies believe that student debt forgiveness scams are soon to become the next mortgage meltdown. With student loan debt now at $1.2 trillion, borrowers are becoming so desperate that they are vulnerable to scammers who offer debt relief. Casey Quinlan's article in Think Progress cites Sam Adler-Bell's experience of being targeted by one of these companies himself.
“When they’re already really freaked out because they’re in default and they’re otherwise distressed … Given those circumstances, the first thing that’s going to come up when they Google, both the ads and the actual non-ad results, are for-profit companies and not the department of education’s own walk-through of how to consolidate your loans. It’s totally understandable how people are falling for these scams,” Adler-Bell said.
Read Quinlan's full article that features Adler-Bell.
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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