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Diverse Charter School Opens in Nashville

Members of Valor Collegiate Academy's inaugural fifth grade class. Photo credit: Valor Collegiate Academy.

A new charter school opened up in Nashville, TN earlier this month. TCF education intern Mercedes Gonzales writes that Valor’s innovative new model “incorporates an impressive mix of racial and socioeconomic diversity—as well as ambitious academic goals—at the heart of its strategic plan.”

Tags: valor collegiate academy, tom dickson, socioeconomic integration, socioeconomic diversity, smarter charter series, richard kahlenberg, nashville, lauren hayes, halley potter

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

Separate but Unequal in College Greek Life

August 12, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: Clio Chang TOPICS: Education, Ensuring Fairness in College Admissions

TCF policy associate Clio Chang investigates elitism from the frat house to the fortune 500 and finds that Greek systems at the nation's elite colleges and universities are exacerbating class divides.

Tags: sororities, sexual assault, racism, greek life, fraternities, diversity, class segregation

What Explains KIPP’s Success? Peers May Be A Big Part of the Story

August 8, 2014 BY: Richard D. Kahlenberg TOPICS: Education, A Smarter Charter

TCF senior fellow, Richard D. Kahlenberg writes about the success of the charter school chain, Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) for EducationNext.

Albert Shanker first proposed the idea of charter schools in 1988 as laboratories from which the traditional public schools could learn. So when a charter school chain like the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) posts extraordinary gains on student test scores for large numbers of low-income students, it’s important to know why the schools succeed so lessons can be shared with other public schools.

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Tags: schools, school performance, educationnext, charter schools, charter school

Texas Ruling Is Called Threat to Efforts to Move Beyond Race in Admissions

TCF senior fellow, Richard D. Kahlenberg, has been mentioned in a Chronicle article about a federal court ruling that could threaten efforts to achieve racially diverse student bodies in universities.

A recent federal-court ruling upholding race-conscious admissions at the University of Texas at Austin looms as a threat to other colleges’ efforts to achieve diversity without racial preferences, several leading critics of affirmative action argue in urging that the decision be overturned.

Last month’s 2-to-1 ruling in favor of Texas by a panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit clears the way for other colleges to abandon effective race-neutral efforts at enrolling a diverse student body, the briefs argue in urging the full Fifth Circuit to hear an appeal.

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Tags: university admissions, universities, racial diversity, diversity in education, diversity, college students, college education, affirmative action

An Exciting Opportunity to Integrate Montgomery County Schools

TCF fellow, Richard D. Kahlenberg writes about school integration in Montgomery County MD, for the MoCo Ed Blog

Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education was decided, the issue of school integration is once again back on the agenda for Montgomery County public schools.

In April, the County Council’s Office of Legislative Oversight issued a disturbing report showing that racial and economic achievement gaps are growing and segregation is rising. But tucked into the report was the hopeful finding that low-income students in lower-poverty schools perform better than low-income students stuck in high-poverty schools.

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Tags: schools, school integration, educational inequality, educational diversity




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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