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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.

Tags: teacher voice, smarter charter series, charter schools

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.

Read the full article at Education Week.

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.

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

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




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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