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How One School Bucks City’s Racially Segregated Gifted and Talented System

TCF education fellow Halley Potter was recently cited in a DNAInfo article that discusses the power of various charter school models, highlighting specifically the advantage of creating diverse student environments. 

Mixing kids of different groups is not just an academic exercise but has real-world implications, Potter said. "Students attending integrated schools can help reduce racial prejudice."

Read the full article from DNAInfo.

Tags: low-income students, integration, charter schools

Resisting School Integration: A Brooklyn Case Study in Scared Parents and Bad Data

The Seventy Four printed an article that showcased students and parents from New York public schools P.S. 307 and P.S. 8 —which have radically different demographics. A rezoning plan has parents questioning the effects that merging the two schools will have on students. TCF fellow Halley Potter comments saying that the integration incited by the merging of the schools will be a plus for the students of both schools.

Potter says that this assumption is about deep-seated personal prejudices, yes, but it’s also about structural inequity. It is true that in many places schools with lots of poor students get the least qualified teachers, experience significant teacher turnover, and don’t receive an equitable share of resources.

Read the full article featuring Potter.

Tags: testing, socioeconomic integration, school diversity, parenting, low-income students

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

What You Need to Know About Pre-K That Brookings Missed

September 24, 2015 COMMENTARY BY: Greg Anrig TOPICS: Education, Improving Access to Quality Public Schools

TCF fellow Greg Anrig calls out a recent report that claims the Obama administration severly overstates the cost of providing quality, universal preschool to all four-year-olds. 


Charters without Borders: Using Inter-district Charter Schools as a Tool for Regional School Integration

By Halley Potter

TOPICS: Education, Improving Access to Quality Public Schools, Promoting Effective Collaboration in Education , Workers & Economic Inequality, Economic Policy

A new Century Foundation report says charter schools should take advantage of their flexibility, funding, and political viability to address inter-district segregation.

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Syracuse has highest rates of poverty among blacks and Hispanics in U.S.

TCF fellow Paul Jargowsky's research on segregation was used in an article by a Syracuse University student writing for the Daily Orange, Syracuse's independent student news organizations. The author, Hanna Horvath, cites Jargowsky's research, saying that these high rates of poverty take a toll on all aspects of community life, including education. 

Read Horvath's article from the Daily Orange here.

Tags: segregation, neighborhood integration, concentrated poverty




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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