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Hold Students Accountable and Support Them

TCF senior fellow, Richard D. Kahlenberg has written a piece for EducationNext about rethinking the high school diploma.

When Congress passed the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) in 2001, the then-distant date of 2014 was the point at which we would reach educational nirvana and 100 percent of American students would be proficient in math and reading. The goal was never met because, as a fundamental matter, individual human variability makes 100 percent proficiency to a meaningful standard an impossibility. But there were other problems as well: NCLB did not itself provide sufficient incentives for students to work hard, as only teachers were held accountable for failure, and the legislation did not end the enduring inequalities of educational opportunity for low-income and minority students that underlie the achievement gap.

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Tags: schools, no child left behind, high school students, high school graduation, education

Integrated Schools, Integrated Classrooms

Enrollment is just the first step to creating a socioeconomically and racially integrated school. TCF fellow Halley Potter explains that true integration means making sure each classroom has a healthy mix of race and class.

Tags: socioeconomic integration, socioeconomic diversity, smarter charter series, high tech high school

Maintaining Diversity at Learning Community Charter School

At Learning Community Charter School in Jersey City, NJ, student diversity is so important that the board moved the entire school to maintain it, TCF editorial director and former LCCS president Jason Renker explains.

Tags: student diversity, socioeconomic diversity, smarter charter series, new jersey, learning community charter school

The Return to Innovation

Charter schools’ original focus on innovation has given way to a focus on increasing standardized test scores, says TCF blogger Erin Nelson

Tags: us public education, ted kolderie, teacher voice, smarter charter series, education reform, charter schools

15 years later, woes of resegregation

TCF senior fellow, Richard D. Kahlenberg has been quoted in a Charlotte Observer article about how segregation is still widespread at public schools.

Fifteen years ago this month, U.S. District Judge Robert Potter issued a ruling that thrust Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools squarely into the midst of a challenging education and civil rights issue: school resegregation.

On Sept. 9, 1999, Potter ruled that CMS must stop using race as a factor in student assignment, setting aside a 30-year-old federal school desegregation order. The 1969 Swann decision, upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1971, led to busing as a way to desegregate schools nationwide. Potter had fought Charlotte’s school desegregation.

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Tags: segregation, schools, public schools, public school integration

Teaching in America: Education reform should start with empowering teachers

TCF's Richard D. Kahlenberg and Halley Potter have been quoted in an Examiner article about education reform.

Great Neck public school children mark a historic milestone this year: its 200th anniversary as a public school system, making it one of the oldest in the country.

As Superintendent Thomas Dolan notes, the Union Free School District Number 7 began as a public school entity in 1814. That's during the second administration of President James Madison - the War of 1812 was still underway.

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Tags: teachers, teacher voice, smarter charter series, schools, public schools, charter schools, charter school




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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