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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

Karen Lewis Won’t Be Chicago’s Mayor—and That’s America’s Loss

Democratic mayors have embraced the pro-corporate education reform movement—perhaps none so eagerly as Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel. Karen Lewis was set to change that pattern, writes TCF fellow Amy Dean.

By running for mayor in Chicago, Karen Lewis, the city’s teachers’ union president, was poised to show voters an alternative to this two-faced Democratic strategy. She took the mantle of past labor leaders who infused the Democratic Party with an egalitarian ethos, figures such as Walter Reuther, Sidney Hillman and John L. Lewis.

Unfortunately, serious health problems have stopped Karen Lewis from entering the race against incumbent Rahm Emanuel. Her exit is a loss for everyone.

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Tags: teachers unions, rahm emanuel, karen lewis, chicago, al jazeera america, 2014 elections

The Resurgence of the Public Education Nation

In Truthout, Sarah Jaffe devotes a paragraph to TCF vice president for policy and programs Greg Anrig’s research on Cincinnati’s schools.

Greg Anrig of the Century Foundation presented his research on the Cincinnati model for urban schools, where a community school system brings in service providers who give dental care, health care and other wraparound services in the schools, where teachers are actively involved in running all aspects of the school, and where the community is deeply connected to its school.

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Inside a Teacher-Led Charter School

What happens when teachers run a school? One charter school in Brooklyn is finding out. TCF fellow Halley Potter says that the results so far look promising.

Tags: tfoa, teaching firms of america professional preparatory charter school, teacher voice, smarter charter series, rafiq kalam id-din, damien dunkley, charter schools

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




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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