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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

Charter Schools Turn 20. It’s Time for Teacher Voice

August 28, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: The Century Foundation TOPICS: Education, Improving Access to Quality Public Schools, A Smarter Charter

One of the keys to building quality charter schools: finding ways to tap into teachers’ expertise by giving them a voice in school governance. Guest writer Talmadge Nardi, a charter school teacher in Massachusetts, has the full story.

Tags: teacher voice, talmadge nardi, smarter charter series, academy of the pacific rim charter public school

Elite schools are still mostly attended by wealthy people

TCF senior fellow, Richard D. Kahlenberg has been quoted in a Salon article about the lack of access poor students have to university education.

There are more students from low-income schools with top grades and competitive exam scores than ever, more low-income students going to college than ever, but the number of these students attending elite colleges has stagnated over the last 20 years. As reported by Richard Pérez-Peña at the New York Times, federal surveys tracking attendance at these schools found “virtually no change” in enrollment of low-income students between 1990 and 2012.

Of the nearly 90 schools ranked as “most competitive” by Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges, only 14 percent of enrolled students came from low-income households, according to researchers at the University of Michigan and Georgetown University. The research was conducted in 2006, and the number of these students attending elite colleges was the same as it was in 1982.

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




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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