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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

EPSA students win 2013 NAEd/Spencer dissertation fellowships

Two EPSA Ph.D. students are among the 2013 National Academy of Education/Spencer dissertation winners. Read more..........  
 

Terrenda White is a Ph.D. candidate in the sociology and education program. She earned her B.A at Northwestern University, 1998-2002 at the School of Education and Social Policy. Her dissertation work focuses on urban charter school reform in NYC, particularly the role of teacher autonomy and professional development, teacher political identity and power, and school policies that impact the development of socially and culturally transformative pedagogy. At Teachers College, Terrenda has served as a research associate in the Center for Understanding Race and Education (CURE), as well as student coordinator for the Critical Race Studies in Education Conference hosted at Teachers College in Spring of 2012. Terrenda is a former elementary school teacher and continues to work as a part-time instructor in various schools and youth development programs across Harlem. She is also an instructor and teacher coordinator for the Prison Education Initiative (PEI), providing evening classes for detained women on Rikers Island in NY. She is a native of Decatur, Georgia.

Terranda White's winning dissertation title is: "Culture and Pedagogy in Market-Driven Times: Embedded Case-Studies of Teaching in Two Urban Charter Schools."
 

Travis Bristol is a Ph.D. candidate in the leadership, policy and politics program. Prior to starting his doctoral program, Travis taught English and Global Studies at two New York City public high schools. Also, during that time, he created curricular and extracurricular programs to address the academic and social needs of male students within each school. As a Ph.D candidate in leadership, policy and politics, his research interest focuses on the intersection of race and gender in organizations; in particular he examines how the various policy levers used by local, state, national and international actors influence outcomes within schools. Specifically, his dissertation will explore how within school organizational conditions affect the experiences of Black male teachers. At T.C., Travis has had the opportunity to expand his understanding of organizational theory, policy, and curriculum and teaching. Through course work in education and economic development in his first semester, he was well prepared for his summer internships with the World Bank where he worked in Washington D.C. and Georgetown, Guyana for its ministry of education. His projects included developing a male teacher recruitment campaign, surveying teachers, students, and principals to create a strategy to reduce teacher and student absenteeism, providing a needs assessment for the distant teacher training program, and, in line with his research interest, designing a curriculum for teachers on engaging boys in the classroom. Currently, Travis serves as a clinical teacher educator for the Boston Teacher Residency Program.

Travis Bristol's winning dissertation title: "Men of the Classroom: An Exploration of how the Organizational Conditions, Characteristics, and Dynamics in Schools Affect the Recruitment, Experiences, and Retention of Black Male Teachers."
(7/24/2013)

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