A new movement in higher education seeks to base school funding on pre-determined performance standards. This idea has some promise, as America’s college education rates lag behind our international peers. But, as blogger Jill Silos-Rooney investigates, much more research needs to be done before implementing these new standards.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
"Many urban districts have tried to entice the middle class to stay through magnet schools or other marketing efforts, such as Philadelphia’s Center City Schools Initiative, since reducing poverty in schools goes a long way toward lifting achievement for all.
(Scholar Richard Kahlenberg has examined this at length, and defines middle-class schools as having less than 50 percent of students eligible for free and reduced lunch. “Socioeconomic integration is one of the most important tools available for improving the academic achievement, and life chances, of students,” he wrote in the winter 2012-2013 issue of American Educator.)"
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Policy associate Halley Potter provides a primer on the main liberal arguments for and against race-based affirmative action. This primer is in preparation for TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg's upcoming discussion on the future of affirmative action with Havard's Randall Kennedy and the New Yorker's Nicholas Lemann.READ MORE
The rising level of student loan debt isn't the problem, it's a symptom. The real problem is the rising cost of college itself. Benjamin Landy's latest Graph of the Day details how much public education has increased in a generation.READ MORE
"Supporting these students requires adequate resources. However, our community colleges are not only underfunded but also overcrowded. As the Century Foundation, a New York–based think tank, recently reported, two-year colleges are being asked to educate, with the least funding, students with the greatest needs. This shows that our higher-education system, like our larger society, is becoming increasingly unequal."
"The United States' higher-education system, contrary to its proclaimed goals, is failing to equalize opportunities among low- and high-income students. When measured in terms of income and wealth, our nation's current process of admission, enrollment and graduation contributes to glaring economic inequality. At four-year institutions, students from high socioeconomic backgrounds outnumber their low counterparts 14 to 1, according to a Century Foundation report. At community colleges, by contrast, students from low socioeconomic backgrounds outnumber their high counterparts nearly 2 to 1. Our education system is, in essence, reinforcing the growing disparity between the rich and poor."
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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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