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NY Times Op-Ed Cites TC's Levin Study of CUNY Program

Former TC Sachs lecturer David Kirp cites a study co-authored by Henry Levin, William H. Kilpatrick Professor of Economics and Education, which found that an academic and financial support program for one community college student costing $4,000 per year reaps "whopping" $200,000 in taxpayer benefits. Published: 1/14/2014 11:05:00 AM

Priscilla Wohlstetter: Helping Educators Implement the Common Core. Jan. 8, 2014

What is helping the Common Core succeed in NYC? Is New York City on track to ensure that the new Common Core standards will address academic achievement gaps and build skills like problem solving and persistence that also are crucial to college and career readiness? What steps should the next administration take to ensure this happens? Published: 1/10/2014 9:31:00 AM

Michael Rebell in the Daily News: Cuomo's Obligation to your Kids. Jan. 6, 2014

TC's Michael Rebell to Gov. Cuomo "Fund Schools, not Tax Cuts." The Executive Director of the Campaign for Educational Equity writes in The New York Daily News that if Cuomo's estimated $2 billion surplus is real, the state should start paying down its $4 billion debt to schools. Published: 1/10/2014

Aaron Pallas Offers Mayor de Blasio Some School Advice

On WNYC's SchoolBook blog, Aaron Pallas offers five cost-conscious tips for improving NYC schools. Published: 1/6/2014 5:36:00 PM

Priscilla Wohlstetter in WNYC's School Book blog. Dec. 9, 2013

Love 'em or hate 'em, charter schools are going to be with us for the foreseeable future, argues TC's Priscilla Wohlstetter Published: 12/11/2013 3:37:00 PM

Winners of the 2013-2014 Education Policy Dissertation Research Fellowship

The Education Policy Dissertation Research Fellowship is open to TC students, regardless of their department or program, whose dissertation research has the potential to inform societal efforts to improve educational opportunity, achievement, or equity. This research should be focused on an important policy issue at any level of government, reflect potential for policy utility, and show a strong likelihood of being accepted in the most well-respected journals. Our view of policy relevance is a broad one, encompassing research that affects policy indirectly by shifting public understanding of societal challenges and opportunities for effective intervention. Published: 11/20/2013 11:16:00 AM

Scott-Clayton Testifies Before Senate HELP Committee

Professor Scott-Clayton testified before the Senate HELP Committee about gaps in college enrollment and the effects of financial aid, and made suggestions for reform. Published: 11/14/2013 1:16:00 PM

Thomas Bailey in the NYT Room for Debate. Oct. 29, 2013

Prof. Bailey, Director of TC's Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment, writes in the New York Times Room for Debate, that having high schools, colleges, and institutions collaborate can increase high school graduation and college success. graduation and college success. Published: 11/4/2013 11:24:00 AM

Basil Smikle, P&E Ph.D. student, in the NYT, April 18

The Room for Debate section of the New York Times.

Too Concerned With Re-election to Compromise

Basil Smikle is a political strategist and an adjunct professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

APRIL 18, 2013

President Obama’s rare public display of exasperation and animus after the defeat of bipartisan gun control in the Senate was unmistakable. He could only bemoan the handful of senators -- four of them Democrats -- derailing the hopes of 90 percent of America. Sadly, there are many reasons for the derailment of the gun bills, at the local level and by our legislative process.

The founding fathers were concerned about excessive and direct democracy and favored representative government, which proscribes simple majority influence on policy issues. Our Constitution and subsequent laws governing legislative processes have at times expanded or curtailed the influence of the legislative power. But even in a revered body like the Senate, the arcane rules -- like the filibuster -- undermine majority preferences instead of acquiescing to them.

Closer to home, the hard truth is that many legislators are concerned with re-election rather than building consensus around issues that preoccupy their constituents. Their election imperatives are fueled by the will of a few active voters and powerful interest groups.

Despite the trends that should indicate the opposite, research shows that political participation is declining in this country. Loopholes in campaign finance laws and the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United have encouraged organizations to infuse vulgar amounts of money and resources into campaigns. Unless we prevent senators from hiding behind parliamentary procedure and make them more responsive to the population, ordinary Americans will lose participatory power and suffer under the tyranny of the minority.
 

 

(4/18/2013)

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