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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

Research by Di Xu and Xin Gong

Research by Economics and Education PhD alumna Di Xu and PhD student Xin Gong has found that household income in China is directly correlated to preschool attendance. Published: 3/3/2015 10:47:00 AM

Pallas Letter to New York Times

Professor Pallas in NY Times on Annual Testing: Perhaps There's Another Way to Hold Schools Accountable Published: 2/26/2015 10:47:00 AM

Aaron Pallas Quoted in the New York Times

The New York Times quoted Professor Pallas in an article on Chancellor Farina's new course for NYC schools. Published: 2/19/2015 10:27:00 AM

Thomas Bailey Quoted in New York Times

Professor Bailey was quoted in the New York Times article, "The Promise and Failure of Community College,"on the need for the federal government to invest more money in the success of community college students. Published: 2/17/2015 9:28:00 PM

Inside Higher Ed: Report on Performance-based Funding Cites CCRC's Kevin Dougherty.

In an Inside Higher Education article about performance-based funding formulas, which link support for public colleges to student completion rates, degree production numbers or other metrics, David Tandberg, an assistant professor of higher education at Florida State University, praises a new report by HCM Strategies for its use of portions of studies by Kevin J. Dougherty, an associate professor of higher education at Columbia University's Teachers College, a senior research associate with TC's Community College Research Center. Published: 2/12/2015 9:23:00 AM

Jeffrey Henig quoted in articles in the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.

On February 8th, Professor Jeffrey Henig was quoted in two articles: in the Los Angeles Times' piece, which discussed the Broad Foundation suspension of its $1-million prize for top-performing urban school districts, and in the Washington Post's piece, which discussed the ouster of Joshua Starr as superintendent in Montgomery County, MD. Published: 2/9/2015 11:41:00 AM

Report by Professors Amy Stuart Wells and Doug Ready and EPSA Students and Alumnae Documents "Separate But Unequal" Suburban Schools

Sixty Years After the Brown Decision, Teachers College Study Finds
“Separate But Unequal” Schools Prevalent in Nassau County, Long Island

Report notes the trend in “hundreds of suburban counties across the country”

Sixty years after the historic  Brown vs. Board of Education  Supreme Court decision, schools and communities in suburban Nassau County, Long Island, are segregated by race and ethnicity, resulting in schools with mostly black and Latino students and fewer resources than majority-white schools, according to a new study released by Teachers College on May 2.

The report, Divided We Fall: The Story of Separate and Unequal Suburban Schools 60 Years after Brown v. Board of Education,  which is online here:  http://bit.ly/PXy3HQ, was discussed at an all-day symposium at Teachers College about the impact on today’s suburbs of the Brown decision.

The report was authored by EPSA's Amy Stuart Wells, Professor of Sociology and Education; Douglas Ready, Associate Professor of Education and Public Policy; students Lauren Fox, Tameka Spence, Elizabeth Williams and Allen Wright; and alumnae Allison Roda and Miya Warner.

Scheduled speakers at the symposium included experts on race, schools and housing from Teachers College, Harvard, Brown, Georgetown, Northwestern, the Universities of Wisconsin and Minnesota, as well as local education and government officials in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Xavier de Souza Briggs, vice president for economic opportunity and assets at the Ford Foundation, delivered opening remarks, and Jeanie Oakes, director of educational opportunity and scholarship programs at Ford, closed the proceedings.

An agenda for the symposium, including a schedule and biographies of speakers, is online here: http://bit.ly/1lHmQrg . A live webcast of the symposium may be accessed here:  http://bit.ly/1hkbKn8 for the duration of the event.

The report describes a “perfect storm” of economic and political factors—including budget constraints, increasingly burdensome accountability mandates, and mounting anti-public education sentiment among some stakeholders—which are taking a heavy toll on racially changing suburban schools and leading some to question whether or not the county’s network of small, racially homogeneous school districts are too inefficient to be sustained.

“The same story could be told about hundreds of suburban counties across the country that are facing similar pressures,” states the report.


(5/7/2014)

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