The problem of school segregation is far from being eliminated in schools across America. Providence Journal wrote an article explaining that Rhode Island public schools are among the worst offenders of school segregation, even 60 years after the Court ruled segregation as unconstitutional. TCF education fellow Halley Potter defended the case for more school integration, saying:
"There is a huge body of research going back four decades on the benefits of integrated schools," said Halley Potter, a researcher at the Century Foundation, a progressive policy and research group, and co-author of a report on racial and socioeconomic integration.
"For low-income children, it is a huge advantage to go to a school that is socioeconomically mixed. We see that those students have better outcomes on tests scores and better high school graduation rates. Mixed-income schools have an easier time attracting and retaining strong teachers. They tend to be more successful at engaging communities and parents."
Read the full article to learn more about Rhode Island's segregated schools
This week, TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg spoke at a Community Conversation, hosted by UnifiEd, a local nonprofit organization that advocates for educational equality in Hamilton County, Tennessee. The guests at the event were curious about how to inject socioeconomic integration in their school system, and, if possible into the rest of the community.
"Most of the focus [nationally] is on fixing high-poverty schools and accepting that our schools are going to be racially and economically segregated," Kahlenberg told the crowd. "We don't have to accept segregation as inevitable and should look at creative ways, noncoercive ways, to desegregate our public schools."
Read the full article about the review of the event.
TCF senior education fellow Richard Kahlenberg recently made a trip to Hamilton County in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he spoke to the community about socioeconomic integration in schools.
Read the full article about Kahlenberg's trip to the south.
Watch TCF senior education fellow Richard Kahlenberg on American Enterprise Institute's panel titled, "Demographic Changes in Public Education and the Spirit of Brown."
Check out the full panel description and read about the other speakers here.
TCF fellows Halley Potter and Julie Kashen recently authored a compelling report on the long-term advantages of pre-k for middle-class children. Their report was cited in an EdCentral piece discussing the advantages of different approaches to pre-k implementation.
In fact, children from middle-income families are less likely than both their lower- and higher-income peers to be enrolled in high quality pre-K at age four. High-quality private pre-K is very expensive, making it accessible only to high-income families, while the vast majority of public programs target low-income families. Middle class families are left with limited options.
Check out the full article from EdCentral featuring the report.
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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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