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Travis Bristol, Ph.D. 2014 in Education Policy featured in the Washington Post article

Black Male Teachers: There aren't enough of them by Valerie Strauss, was published in the Washington Post on April 28 in the Answer Sheet section. Published: 4/29/2015 4:54:00 PM

EPSA Announces the Winners of 2015-2016 Education Policy Dissertation Research Fellowships

EPSA department congratulates all the winners. Published: 4/27/2015 3:50:00 PM

Basil Smikle, Ph.D. in P&E, the new executive director of the NYS Democratic Party

On April 9, former New York State Governor David Paterson, the chairman of the NYS Democratic Party, announced that Basil Smikle Jr. would become the new executive director of the party. Published: 4/17/2015 1:24:00 PM

Aaron Pallas Quoted in Articles on the Future of Teacher Evaluations in NY State

Professor Aaron Pallas was quoted in articles in Chalkbeat and NYC Lens about the handling of teachers' evaluations in the just-passed NY State budget. Published: 4/8/2015 4:24:00 PM

Aaron Pallas on Chancellor Tisch's Empty Rhetoric on 'Opting Out'

In an article he wrote for The Hechinger Report, an independent news website based at TC, Professor Aaron Pallas challenged NYS Board of Regents Chancellor Meryl Tisch's assertion that opting out of testing is a "terrible mistake." Published: 4/8/2015 4:15:00 PM

EPSA Alumni Terrenda White and Travis Bristol Featured in Education Week

An Education Week article on "The Teachers of Color Disappearance Crisis" featured responses from 2014 alumni Travis Bristol (PhD, Education Policy) and Terrenda White (PhD, Sociology & Education). Published: 4/2/2015 4:12:00 PM

Luis Huerta on Houston Public Radio: "Vouchers Don't Always Increase Access"

Luis Huerta, Associate Professor of Education and Public Policy, is quoted in a Houston Public Media radio story about school voucher proposals in Texas. Huerta, who has researched vouchers and charter schools, says that vouchers, which would make state allocations for public school portable to private institutions, don't always lead to greater access to private schools."Private organizations, specifically private schools, have the ability to choose whomever they want to enter into those schools," he said.Huerta debunked another claim about vouchers -'" that students perform better in private schools. In fact, he said research indicates that after students transfer to a private school, they often perform about the same as their peers back in public school -'" or even worse. And it's impossible to hold private schools accountable for students' education, even if they receive public dollars.He's planning to testify at a Texas Senate senate hearing Thursday. Published: 3/27/2015 12:26:00 PM

Basil Smikle's "Solving Minority Underrepresentation in STEM Careers." The Hill, March 6, 2015

Basil Smikle, a Ph.D. candidate in the Politics & Education Program and a contributor to The Hill, a US political website, gives an overview of the recent history and also the current representation of women and minorities in STEM careers. Published: 3/6/2015 11:57:00 AM

Thomas Bailey attends White House Ceremony to Launch New TC Center on College Remediation

TC’s new Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness (CAPR) was formally launched this week with a ceremony at the White House. Housed at TC’s Community College Research Center and led by Thomas Bailey, the College’s George and Abby O’Neill Professor of Economics and Education, CAPR is funded with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.

Bailey joined U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, along with White House Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Munoz and other administration officials, to announce the launch as part of a White House meeting focused on best practices in college remediation. Judy Scott-Clayton, Assistant Professor of Economics and Education at Teachers College, and Elisabeth Barnett, Senior Research Associate at CCRC, also attended the event.

Lashawn Richburg-Hayes of social policy organization MDRC is serving with Bailey as CAPR’s co-principal investigator. CAPR will conduct three major studies to document current practices in developmental English and math education across the United States, and to rigorously assess the effects of innovative assessment and instructional practices on student outcomes.

The meeting on remediation was a follow-up to a White House Summit this past January that aimed to mobilize efforts to increase college access and success for low-income students. In his presentation with Richburg-Hayes, Bailey described the portfolio of research designed by CAPR and reviewed the advances that have been made in understanding and addressing the deficiencies in our developmental education system. Yet he also emphasized that remediation reform by itself cannot significantly increase college completion among low-income students. Improvements to developmental education, he stressed, must be pursued in the context of broader institutional reforms that attend to the entire student experience.


(8/14/2014)

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