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"Unions, Workers, and the Democratic Party", webcast from CUNY Murphy Institute

Webcast from the Murphy Institute, CUNY School of Professional Studies. Friday, September 18, 8:30-10:15 am. (In response to the tremendous interest, we're arranging for a livestream of the event. You must RSVP so that we can email you the link to the webcast the day before the event.) Published: 9/14/2015 3:55:00 PM

Henry Levin Cited by Adam Davidson in NY Times

Adam Davidson cited a study by Professor Levin in his NY Times article, "Is College Tuition Really Too High?" Published: 9/8/2015 10:25:00 AM

Henry Levin Receives Prestigious Chinese Award

Professor Levin is the winner of the "Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Education Research Award" from the Ming Yuan Education Foundation. Published: 9/8/2015 10:15:00 AM

Judith Scott-Clayton Study Cited in NYT Column on FAFSA

New York Times column, "Fafsa Follies: To Gain a Student, Eliminate a Form," quotes a study by Judith Scott-Clayton and others Published: 8/25/2015 12:44:00 PM

Amy Stuart Wells: New Generation of Urban Parents Want Multicultural Communities and Diverse Schools quotes Amy Stuart Wells in article, "Why NYC is Experimenting with New Ways to Desegregate Public Schools" Published: 8/25/2015 12:36:00 PM

Study by Judith Scott-Clayton and Veronica Minaya Featured in Inside Higher Ed

Inside Higher Ed takes an in-depth look at findings from a recent study by Professor Scott-Clayton and Economics and Education PhD student Veronica Minaya on the effects of federal work-study participation on students' academic and employment outcomes. Published: 7/31/2015 1:26:00 PM

Melinda Karp, PhD 2006 in Sociology & Education, Featured in NPR Story

Melinda Karp, PhD 2006 in Sociology & Education, was featured in an NPR story, "The Writing Assignment that Changes Lives." Published: 7/22/2015 2:07:00 PM

Tom Bailey Quoted in Associated Press Article

Professor Bailey talks about the complexity of the college transfer process in an Associated Press article. Published: 7/16/2015 10:24:00 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:, 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: . A live webcast of the symposium may be accessed here: 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.