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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

Could Teach for America Lead the Way on Student Diversity?

Teach for America's recent push to increase the diversity of its incoming teachers is good news. And TCF fellow Halley Potter suggests that there are some signs that the organization may take a leading role in promoting student diversity as well.

Tags: teach for america, student diversity, smarter charter series

Charter Schools Turn 20. It’s Time for Teacher Voice

August 28, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: The Century Foundation TOPICS: Education, Improving Access to Quality Public Schools, A Smarter Charter

One of the keys to building quality charter schools: finding ways to tap into teachers’ expertise by giving them a voice in school governance. Guest writer Talmadge Nardi, a charter school teacher in Massachusetts, has the full story.

Tags: teacher voice, talmadge nardi, smarter charter series, academy of the pacific rim charter public 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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