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South Asia and Climate Vulnerability
Neil Bhatiya April 23, 2014

For Foreign Policy’s South Asia Channel, TCF policy associate Neil Bhatiya looks at how vulnerable South Asia is to climate change based on the IPCC’s latest report.


The destruction that flooding could wreak in South Asia's low-lying and urban areas is cruelly complemented by the effects that drought and changes in seasonal rainfall will have on agriculture. Extreme heat is already disrupting the growing season for regions in Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh. Wheat production in the Indian portion of the Indo-Gangetic Plains, a fertile area that also encompasses parts of Pakistan and Bangladesh, may decrease by up to 50 percent by 2100, harming the hundreds of millions of people who rely on it for sustenance.

You can read the whole piece on FP’s South Asia site.

OK, Michigan Can Ban Affirmative Action
Richard D. Kahlenberg April 23, 2014

Slate's Emily Bazelon discusses yesterday's Supreme Court rulling allowing Michigan to ban affirmative action, with reference to class-based affirmative action research from TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg.


According to Richard Kahlenberg of the Century Foundation, who has studied affirmative action for years, in seven of the states that have banned it, leading and other public universities have maintained black and Latino enrollment and admitted more low-income students. As I explained in October, “Some of the schools have taken income and wealth and neighborhood into account. Some have plans that admit the top 10 percent of high school graduates statewide. Three have banned legacy preferences.” Those are strategies for achieving racial diversity that also improve socioeconomic diversity, which at many selective schools is sorely lacking.

Read the full article here.

Reading into SCOTUS and affirmative action
Halley Potter April 23, 2014

TCF policy associate Halley Potter appears on All In With Chris Hayes on MSNBC to discuss class-based affirmative action after the Scheutte decision. Watch a clip of the segment below.


Affirmative Action Ruling Challenges Colleges Seeking Diversity
Richard D. Kahlenberg April 23, 2014

Providing alternatives in light of the Scheutte decision, TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg is quoted in Bloomberg on new ways to spur diversity.


Public universities in those states are likely to turn to other admissions criteria that promote diversity in their student bodies without explicitly considering race. One route is to give preference in admissions to low-income students, since minority families tend to earn less than whites, said Richard Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, a public policy research organization in Washington.

Read the full article here.

Did the Supreme Court Just Kill Affirmative Action?
Richard D. Kahlenberg April 23, 2014

In Politico, TCF senior fellow and affirmative action authority Richard Kahlenberg weighs in on the Supreme Court's Scheutte v. Coalition decision. The ruling allows the state of Michigan to ban affirmative action in college admissions.


The Schuette decision, technically speaking, did not go to the merits of whether affirmative action policies are constitutional and instead raised a question about whether the political process by which voters banned racial preferences was fair. Nevertheless, in their opinions in the case, the justices couldn’t help expressing their views on affirmative action policies, giving more indication of where the court is headed on this issue.

Read Kahlenberg's response here.

What’s the best way to measure unemployment?
Mark Thoma April 22, 2014

At CBS News, TCF fellow Mark Thoma pens a piece about the best ways to measure unemployment when the Bureau of Labor isn't as accurate. 


The Bureau of Labor statistics publishes several measures of unemployment each month. But which one provides the most accurate view?

The most commonly cited measure, known as "U-3," tracks the percentage of people who are actively seeking work. To be considered unemployed according to the U-3 definition, an individual must have looked for a job within the last four weeks.

However, this measure may miss three important factors.

Read the full article here.

Protecting Classrooms From Corporate Takeover: What Families Can Learn from Teachers’ Unions
Amy Dean April 22, 2014

In Yes Magazine, TCF fellow Amy Dean tells the story of teachers' unions and how families can learn from them to change classrooms for the better.


Teachers have always held a cherished role in our society—recognized as professionals who know how to inculcate a love of learning in our children. But the "education reform" movement represented by No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top blames teachers for the problems in our public schools.

Read more here.

Profiteering Off the GI Bill
Amy Dean April 21, 2014

TCF fellow Amy Dean's latest piece for Al Jazeera calls out for-profit colleges for the ways in which they exploit funding designated for returning servicemen and -women.


The current abuse of federal education funding for veterans was made possible by a loophole in the 2008 reauthorization of the GI Bill. Under that law, Congress greatly increased the amount of benefits for which eligible veterans could qualify. The new law also extended the term of benefits by five years, allowing veterans that much more time to go to school. Furthermore, benefits were made transferable to family members, meaning that veterans could now use them to pay tuition for a child or a spouse.

Read more from Dean on for-profits at Al Jazeera.

Pulitzer committee makes a stand for free press, accountable government
Barton Gellman April 21, 2014

The Baltimore Sun published a commentary on the recent Pulitzer Prize awards, of which TCF senior fellow Barton Gellman was a recipient. 


But the Pulitzer committee, comprised of leading American newspaper editors and officials, once again took an emphatic position in the cause of the public's right to know what its officialdom is doing in secret in its name. Gellman said his team "consulted with the responsible officials on every story and held back operational details. But we were not prepared to withhold the secret policy decision the government is making for us and surveillance it's directing against us."

Read more about the controversy here

Community-College Quiz: What’s in a Name?
Richard D. Kahlenberg April 21, 2014

TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg is cited in the Wall Street Journal about the transformation of community colleges.


"We're seeing more and more community colleges offering bachelor's degrees, which is the associated phenomenon," said Richard Kahlenberg, a senior fellow with the left-leaning Century Foundation. "Shedding the word 'community' is an important step toward attracting a broader cross-section of students."

Read the full article at the Wall Street Journal.

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