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The Growth of Socioeconomic School Integration

February 9, 2016 COMMENTARY BY: Halley Potter TOPICS: Education, Improving Access to Quality Public Schools

TCF fellow Halley Potter highlights findings from her latest co-authored report on school integration policie in use 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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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

Will Inequality Ever Stop Growing?

A compilation of mini articles published in The Atlantic features TCF education fellow Richard Kahlenberg who cites the ever growing inequality that persists in the education system. John King, U.S. education secretary has committed to amending this inequality. 

In states where racial affirmative action has been banned by voters, new and better programs that focus on economically disadvantaged students have jumpstarted social mobility. In The New York Times’ College Access Index of universities doing the most for low-income students, nine of 10 leading public institutions are in states that banned the use of race in admissions, which spurred colleges to seek racial diversity through programs for economically disadvantaged students of all races.

Read the full article from The Atlantic.

Tags: segregation, race-based affirmative action, education inequality, class-based affirmative action

City enrolls 68K in pre-K, with big growth in poorest neighborhoods

The New York City goal of enrolling every child in pre-k has come a long way. In just the past year, an additional 15,000 seats have become available. TCF education fellow Halley Potter weighs in on her high hopes for closing the gap between the rich and poor in youth education enrollment.

“I have every reason to believe right now that service for the lowest-income neighborhoods in the city is actually really impressive,” said Halley Potter, a fellow at the Century Foundation who has published several studies on the city’s pre-K expansion.

Check out the full article on pre-k from POLITICO.

Tags: universal pre-k, preschool children, low-income students, diversity in education




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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