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Report Profiles Charter Schools’ Role in Promoting Diversity

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.

Tags: socioeconomic integration, school districts, charter schools

Help for Corinthian Victims in California Governor’s Hands

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.

Tags: student debt, low-income students, for-profit colleges

For-Profit Colleges Have No Right to Point Fingers at Endowed Universities

TCF fellow Robert Shireman takes issue with the University of Phoenix funding research critical of university endowments. 


Why Proponents of Racial Diversity in Colleges Should Also Support Economic Diversity

August 11, 2015 COMMENTARY BY: Kimberly Quick TOPICS: Education, Ensuring Fairness in College Admissions

The case against race-based admissions will be heard a second time by the Supreme Court to determine if the tactic is a viable strategy to create diversity on campuses.


How a New Report May Hasten the End of Racial Preferences in Admissions

With the Supreme Court set to rehear Fisher v. University of Texas, which concerns race-based affirmative action policies, a new report from the American Council on Education shows that the previous ruling did little to change colleges' admissions policies. TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg writes in the Chronicle of Higher Education that the report's findings may help lead to a different ruling this time around:

In short, colleges didn’t take the ruling very seriously. The headline finding is that "when asked directly whether the Fisher ruling affected their admissions or enrollment management practices, only 13 percent of institutions responded in the affirmative."

This new information is deeply problematic for supporters of affirmative action because the nonchalant response to the earlier Fisher decision may well embolden conservative justices — including swing vote Anthony Kennedy — to make a more definitive statement about racial preferences in the Fisher II case.

The full column is available here.

Tags: supreme court, race-based affirmative action, education, affirmative action




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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