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Encouraging integrated schools in the District of Columbia?

March 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM
The Century Foundation and and Thomas B. Fordham Institute will host a lively discussion on the merits and pitfalls of “controlled choice" for DC schools.

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Why Economic School Segregation Matters

TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg makes the case for socioeconomic integration of schools at the K-12 level as part of a forum on economic segregation in schools at New York University’s Furman Center. Read Kahlenberg’s full post, and check out the other entries in the series.

Tags: socioeconomic integration, socioeconomic diversity, school segregation, school integration, rick kahlenberg, richard kahlenberg, richard d kahlenberg, nyu, k-12 education, furman center

Magnet Schools Find a Renewed Embrace in Cities

TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg is quoted in a New York Times article on magnet schools and their effect on racial and socioeconomic diversity. Read the full article at the New York Times.

Tags: socioeconomic integration, socioeconomic diversity, richard kahlenberg, racial diversity, new york times, magnet schools

Philanthropy & Democratic Education: Friends or Foes?

TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg moderates a Shanker Institute debate on philanthropy and education. 

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Tags: shanker institute, richard kahlenberg, philanthropy and democratic education

In Brooklyn’s District 13, a Task Force Aims to Engineer Socioeconomic Integration

TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg is cited in a Chalkbeat article about a socioeconomic integration pilot program in New York City. Read the full article.

Tags: socioeconomic integration, socioeconomic diversity, richard kahlenberg, nyc, bill de blasio, affirmative action

Education Dept. Allows Public Charter Schools to Hold Weighted Lottery

TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg told the Washington Post that recent changes that allow charter schools to provide admissions preferences for economically disadvantaged students will ultimately improve the schools for all students. The post cites Kahlenberg’s 2010 study which found that students who attended integrated schools had stronger academic gains than those attending high-poverty schools.

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Tags: washington post, socioeconomic integration, socioeconomic diversity, richard kahlenberg, educational diversity, education policy, education inequality, charter schools, charter school




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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