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The Original Charter School Vision

TCF fellows, Richard D. Kahlenberg and Halley Potter write about the origins of charter schools in the U.S. and how they have evolved since then, in an op-ed for The New York Times.

ALTHOUGH the leaders of teachers unions and charter schools are often in warring camps today, the original vision for charter schools came from Albert Shanker, the president of the American Federation of Teachers.

In a 1988 address, Mr. Shanker outlined an idea for a new kind of public school where teachers could experiment with fresh and innovative ways of reaching students. Mr. Shanker estimated that only one-fifth of American students were well served by traditional classrooms. In charter schools, teachers would be given the opportunity to draw upon their expertise to create high-performing educational laboratories from which the traditional public schools could learn.

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Tags: smarter charter series, schools, school system, school performance, school integration, charter schools, charter school

Could Teach for America Lead the Way on Student Diversity?

Teach for America's recent push to increase the diversity of its incoming teachers is good news. And TCF fellow Halley Potter suggests that there are some signs that the organization may take a leading role in promoting student diversity as well.

Tags: teach for america, student diversity, smarter charter series

Arise America - 28/08

TCF fellow, Richard D. Kahlenberg has appeared on Arise America to talk about socioeconomic diversity at selective colleges.

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Tags: university admissions, universities, diversity in education, diversity, diverse education, college students, college education, college diversity

Community college district tries full slate of innovations, all at once

The Century Foundation has been cited in a PBS Newshour story about community colleges.

Hidden at the edge of an industrial park near the Phoenix airport, housed in a handful of utilitarian buildings with no grassy quadrangles or ivy crawling up red brick, Rio Salado Community College doesn’t look much like a typical higher-education institution.

It doesn’t act like one, either.

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Tags: community colleges, community college and career training, community college, college education

Community college district tries full slate of innovations, all at once

TCF fellow, Richard D. Kahlenberg has been quoted in a Chronicle of Higher Education article about economi diversity in universities.

The New York Times is entering the college-ratings game. Sorta. Kinda.

Next month it plans to unveil "a new ranking of colleges and universities based on their ability to attract underprivileged kids." Or at least that’s how the project is billed on the agenda for the Schools for Tomorrow conference that the newspaper is holding next week in New York City.

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Tags: university admissions, university, universities, educational diversity, college system, college students, college poverty, college education

Big charter change seen in 2 D.C. schools

The Washington Post has featured TCF fellows, Richard D. Kahlenberg and Halley Potter's upcoming book, A Smarter Charter.

Two D.C. charter schools you’ve probably never heard of have just been declared vital for our nation’s educational future. The reasons for focusing on these two schools are intriguing and mostly overlooked in the national debate about charters.

A remarkable new book identifies the Capital City Public Charter School and the E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, both in Northwest Washington, as among the nation’s best charters in creating diverse student bodies.

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Tags: smarter charter series, schools, school policy, educational model, charter schools, charter school




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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