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Thin Contracts Can Provide a Good Balance

Just one in eight charter schools is unionized, but TCF intern Kyra Littlejohn says that Amber Charter School’s “thin contract” could point the way forward for other charter schools to provide for greater teacher voice.

Tags: teacher voice, teacher unions, smarter charter series, amber charter school

East Mediterranean Pipeline Dreams

Blogger Allison Good presents her original reporting on the potential for East Mediterranean natural gas cooperation -- but, even with U.S. interests, this pipeline dream might never wake up. 

Tags: turkey, pipeline, palestinian authority, noble energy, jordan, italy, israel, greece, foreign policy, foreign affairs

2-Year Students Have Long Had 4-Year Dreams

At The Chronicle of Higher Education, Stephen J. Handel quotes TCF senior fellow Richard D. Kahlenberg on the low number of students who transfer from 2-year to 4-year degree programs. "Some look at these numbers and suggest community colleges should downplay the idea of transfer," Kahlenberg says, "but it makes more sense to improve and strengthen transfer paths."

No Child Left Untableted

TCF's Greg Anrig, Vice President of Policy and Programs, quoted in The New York Times Magazine on the use of tablets in classrooms. Anrig identifies relationships among people in the school as being of primary importance: “None of these studies identify technology as decisive.” 

“A device that enhances such interactions is good,” Anrig says. “But kids focused on the device, isolated, cuts into that.”

A Jewish Fight for Public Education

TCF fellow Amy B. Dean for The Jewish Daily on the Jewish social justice organizations that have mobilized around protecting public school education.

These organizations "recognize the modern relevance of an old concept," Dean writes. "Individual knowledge and leadership skills were essential to uniting diverse tribes into a nation. And today, a system that guarantees everyone access to education is essential to a society that honors diversity and multiculturalism over family lineage, power and privilege."

A Refreshingly Honest Book About Affirmative Action

TCF senior fellow Richard D. Kahlenberg for The New Republic on Harvard Law professor Randall Kennedy's new book For Discrimination. Kennedy's book, which makes the case for affirmative action in higher education, is according to Kahlenberg "a profoundly honest work on a topic frequently marked by mendacity." 

"The book's candor stands in deep contrast to many affirmative action advocates," Kahlenberg writes, "who minimize the practice by talking about race as a small 'plus factor' in a 'holistic review' process in higher education admissions." 




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