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Teaching with Autonomy

What is it like to work at a school at which teachers and and administrators run the school as equal partners? Guest author Demetria R. Giles of Teaching Firms of America—Professional Prep Charter School says the results at her school speak for themselves.

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Tags: teacher voice, smarter charter series, charter schools

A Better Bargain for Higher Ed

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.

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Tags: state fiscal policy, safety net, medicaid, higher education, fiscal policy, education funding

A Helping Hand to High Achievers

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.

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Tags: strivers, socioeconomic affirmative action, michael bloomberg, high-achievers, college admissions

Ensuring Equity in Charter Schools

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.

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Tags: smarter charter series, city neighbors charter school, charter schools, baltimore

Why I Value Diverse Schools

October 29, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: The Century Foundation TOPICS: Education, Improving Access to Quality Public Schools, A Smarter Charter

Children from low-income households consistently perform better when they attend racially- and socioeconomically-diverse schools. In this piece, guest writer Jonathon Acosta talks about his experiences attending a diverse magnet school.

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Tags: socioeconomic integration, smarter charter series, diversity in education, diverse charter schools

Here Come the New Neighbors

TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg is quoted in a NY City Lens article on socioeconomic integration for K-12 students. Says Kahlenberg:

Giving low income students the chance to go to middle-class schools is probably the best thing we can do to improve their achievement.

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Tags: socioeconomic integration, socioeconomic diversity, k-12 education, housing policy

 

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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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