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A Smarter Charter: A Response to Nelson Smith
Richard D. Kahlenberg, Halley Potter October 31, 2014

TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg and fellow Halley Potter comment on Nelson Smith’s review of their recent book, A Smarter Charter.

Read Smith’s original review.

Check out Kahlenberg and Potter’s response.

Then head back over for Smith’s response to Kahlenberg and Potter’s response.

An Interesting Thing About Rising Interest Rates
Mark Thoma October 31, 2014

Contrary to what economic theory would predict, business investment in things like new plants and equipment often increases when interest rates go up. Says Thoma:

The answer lies in the "all else equal" assumption economists make when examining the relationship between two variables. If nothing else in the world changed when interest rates go up, investment would fall.

But -- as Fed policy shows -- interest rate increases often result from an improving economy, and the outlook for the future has a much larger impact on investment than interest rate changes. Thus, when the economic outlook improves, we see interest rates rising in general, but the improved outlook has a larger positive impact on business investment than any negative impact from higher rates.

Read the full article.

Atul Gawande Explains Why the Health Care System Should Stop Trying to Help Everyone Live Longer
Harold Pollack October 31, 2014

The U.S. health care system “prizes the length of a patient’s life over the quality of that life in a person’s final years,” writes TCF fellow Harold Pollack at the Washington Post’s Wonkblog. Pollack interviews author Atul Gawande, whose new book argues that those priorities are wrong. Says Gawande:

If you look at the studies, they find that having a palliative care doctor or geriatrician more closely involved in care can lead people to forego aggressive therapy sooner and have better outcomes--not only less suffering but even improved survival. But we don’t have enough of these doctors to go around.

Read the full interview at WonkBlog.

An American Horror Story: Seven Big Economic Lies
Jeff Madrick October 31, 2014

John Wasik reviews TCF senior fellow Jeff Madrick’s new book, Seven Bad Ideas for Forbes. Says Wasik:

When I read the book recently, I came to the conclusion that Madrick will not only make a ton of enemies among his fellow economists, he’s trashing the conventional wisdom of mainstream economics. It’s about time.

Read the full review at Forbes.

A Better Bargain for Higher Ed
Andrew Fieldhouse October 29, 2014

A grand bargain on federal fiscal policy is an idea that is dead on arrival, says TCF fellow Andrew Fieldhouse U.S. News. A better idea: states and the federal government should reverse roles in Medicaid and education. The bargain: the federal government will pick up some of the states' share of Medicaid costs and states will in turn invest more in higher education.

To efficiently rejigger their roles, states should agree to provide more money for higher education in exchange for the federal government taking on a greater share of Medicaid financing. Rising Medicaid expenditures are consuming an increasing share of states’ revenue, which in turn crowds out other priorities, such as investment in higher education. The Great Recession greatly aggravated this dynamic.

Read the full article.

Structural Revenue Issue Negates Deficit Gains
Edward D. Kleinbard October 29, 2014

TCF fellow Ed Kleinbard tells Bloomberg Surveillance that a revenue shortfall will impact that narrowing of the U.S. deficit. Watch:

Lower Gas Prices Mean Instant Middle-Class Stimulus
Edward D. Kleinbard October 29, 2014

TCF fellow Ed Kleinbard discusses the economic impact of lower oil prices on Bloomberg Surveillance. Watch:

U.S. Has Highest Poverty of any OECD Country: Report
Edward D. Kleinbard October 29, 2014

TCF fellow Ed Kleinbard talks to Bloomberg Surveillance about inequality and poverty in the United States. Watch:

A Helping Hand to High Achievers
Richard D. Kahlenberg October 29, 2014

TCF senior fellow comments on Michael Bloomberg's new initiative to expand college access and completion" for low-income, high-achieving students. Says Kahlenberg:

There’s very little incentive for universities to address a lack of economic diversity…Racial diversity is much more visible, and socioeconomic diversity is much more expensive to address because you have to provide financial aid.

Read the full article.

Ensuring Equity in Charter Schools
Richard D. Kahlenberg, Halley Potter October 29, 2014

If we could have the best school we can imagine, what would it be?

In a new post at Education Week, TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg and fellow Halley Potter explore how City Neighbors Charter School in Baltimore is answering that question.

Chartering gave City Neighbors' founders the flexibility to do things that are fairly unusual among charter schools. The charter school model has allowed them to pioneer a collaborative governance structure that includes teacher representation on the governing board and provides large blocks of shared planning time—while remaining part of the city school district's collective bargaining agreement.

Read the full article at Education Week.

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A Smarter Charter: Charter Schools and Public Education in New York
September 16, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PMTogether with a panel of local educators and leaders, they will discuss how charter schools can best serve communities in Brooklyn and New York City.
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June 17, 2014 9:00 AM

This summit will reinforce the importance of racial and socioeconomic diversity in higher education, and identify new paths to achieving these goals relative to legal constraints recently determined by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The New Internationalism: Foreign Policy After Afghanistan and Iraq
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM (EDT)TCF fellow Michael Cohen joins other panelists to discuss foreign policy after the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. The American Conservative with The American Prospect and the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies are hosting the event in Washington, D.C.
Educational Justice and the Integration of America’s Schools
Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 12 p.m.-2 p.m. TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg joins the Shanker Institute for a panel discussion marking the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. Today, the promise of that historic decision remains unfulfilled. The progress made toward desegregating American schools has not simply stalled, but is increasingly being reversed across the nation. Today, New York schools are the most segregated in the nation.
Inequality Begins at Birth: Child Poverty in America
June 10, 2014 8:30 AM - 3:30 PMJoin TCF's newest fellow Jeff Madrick for a day-long event to discuss America's child poverty problem. The conference, Inequality Begins at Birth: Child Poverty in America, is sponsored by The Century Foundation’s Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative, the Roosevelt Institute and the Academic Pediatric Association. America’s child poverty rate, currently above 22 percent—the highest in the developed world—is one of the nation’s gravest social problems. On June 10, keynote speaker Senator Cory Booker and three panels of economists, policy experts, and child povertyactivists will come together to discuss solutions for helping the nation’s most vulnerable. Lunch will be provided. There will be a live web cast of the event. RSVP HERE.
 

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