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The Benefits of Socioeconomically and Racially Integrated Schools and Classrooms

February 10, 2016 COMMENTARY BY: The Century Foundation TOPICS: Education, Improving Access to Quality Public Schools, Workers & Economic Inequality, Poverty

Time and again, research shows that racially and socioeconomically diverse schools come with myriad benefits for students.

Tags: socioeconomic integration, socioeconomic diversity, school diversity, integrated schools, achievement gap

The Growth of Socioeconomic School Integration

February 9, 2016 COMMENTARY BY: The Century Foundation TOPICS: Education, Improving Access to Quality Public Schools

School integration policies are on the rise among school districts and charter schools across the country.

Tags: socioeconomic integration, socioeconomic diversity, school integration, school diversity, charter schools

How Racially Diverse Schools and Classrooms Can Benefit All Students

By Amy Stuart Wells, Lauren Fox, Diana Cordova-Cobo

TOPICS: Education, Improving Access to Quality Public Schools

Sixty-two years after Brown v. Board of Education, most schools remain segregated by race and class, despite the widespread research that shows the benefits of learning in an integrated classroom.

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Is this robocall illegal? The line blurs for people with student debt

So-called "debt-relief companies" seem to be gaining ground when it comes to targeting collecting loan debt. One of TCF's own policy associates was in fact targeted via numerous phone calls, before he decided to investigate and see what these "robo-calls" were asking for. Jillian Berman at MarketWatch cited Sam Adler-Bell's experience:

Adler-Bell believes the company was using an automated device to call him -- also known as robo-dialing -- and continued to pester him about once a week for the next few months. Though it’s hard to say exactly how many consumers have received similar calls, a review of several lawsuits filed within the last year as well as interviews with lawyers and regulators indicates student debt relief companies may be increasingly using robocalls to lure consumers, in some cases even calling people who have no student loans or who have already paid them off, claiming they can slash their debt.

Check out Berman's article.

Tags: student debt, investigative reporting, debt scam

Why ‘Nudges’ to Help Students Succeed Are Catching On

It's no secret that choosing, applying, and enrolling in a college is a difficult set of tasks—especially for youth who are left to do the process largely on their own. One way to help youth get through this and promote college affordability methods is to offer encouragement from authority figures willing to help. This encouragement might be in the form of text message "nudges" or by just simplifying the FAFSA forms students complete to apply for aid.  

Robert M. Shireman, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation who once served as deputy under secretary of education in the Obama administration, agrees. When people struggle to fill out a form, helping them through it is great. But, he says, "you want to ask the question, Do we need this form?" And if, in fact, the form is needed, perhaps it can be simplified.

Read the Chronicle article on student success featuring TCF fellow Robert Shireman

Tags: higher education, fafsa, college completion

Acting Education Secretary Champions Economic, Racial Integration

The new secretary of education Dr. John King is following in former secretary Arne Duncan's footsteps quite closely, save for one very important hot-button education issue: school integration. TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg writes in his latest for The American Prospect on why Secretary King's renewed dedication to both racial and socioeconomic integration in schools will result in achievement by students of every demographic.  

“Research shows that one of the best things we can do for all children—black or white, rich or poor—is give them a chance to attend strong, socioeconomically diverse schools,” declared the incoming education secretary in a speech to Al Sharpton’s National Action Breakfast Network. King called for “innovative, voluntary locally-driven efforts to promote socioeconomic diversity in schools.”

Read Kahlenberg's article in The American Prospect.

Tags: socioeconomic integration, school diversity, racial inequality




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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