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Judith Scott-Clayton Testifies at Senate HELP Committee Hearing on College Affordability

Professor Scott-Clayton spoke at the Senate HELP committee's hearing on college affordability on June 3, and made recommendations to reduce complexity in the federal student aid application and loan repayment processes. Published: 6/4/2015 9:05:00 AM

Luis Huerta quoted in an Education Week article, May 29, 2015.

Prof. Huerta is quoted in an Education Week article "Charter Sector Challenged by Quality of School Boards," by Adrianna Prothero. Published: 6/1/2015 1:49:00 PM

Tom Bailey in the Washington Post: "Guided Pathways" Needed to Boost Community College Student Success

In a May 12, 2015 Washington Post Op-Ed, "Rethinking the 'Cafeteria' Approach to Community College," Professor Bailey argues that in order to substantially increase student completion, community colleges must engage in fundamental redesign. Published: 5/14/2015 4:01:00 PM

Aaron Pallas Discusses Teacher Evaluations at NYS Board of Regents Learning Summit

Aaron Pallas was one of seven researchers, economists, and professors who weighed in on the evaluation systems for teachers and principals at a Learning Summit hosted by the New York State Board of Regents and State Education Department on Thursday, May 7 at the New York State Museum. Published: 5/14/2015 3:55:00 PM

Mandy Shen is the Runner-Up for CCEE Prize

The Columbia Committee on the Economics of Education (CCEE) has announced that Mandy Shen, PhD student in Economics and Education, is the runner-up for this year's prize for the best research paper by a PhD student at Columbia for her paper, "Intergenerational effects of school desegregation." Published: 5/14/2015 3:28:00 PM

Sharon Lynn Kagan co-authors a report on early childhood education.

"A Better Start: Why Classroom Diversity Matters in Early Education." By Jeanne L. Reid, Sharon Lynn Kagan, Michael Hilton, Halley Potter. Published by The Century Foundation, April 3, 2015. Published: 5/7/2015 1:55:00 PM

Ryan Allen's podcast discussion with Kevin Dougherty and Rebecca Natow.

In this podcast, Ryan Allen interviews Prof. Kevin Dougherty, an Associate Professor of Higher Education and Education Policy, and Rebecca Natow, a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Community College Research Center. They discuss their book The Politics of Performance Funding for Higher Education: Origins, Discontinuations, and Transformations, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015. Published: 5/7/2015

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

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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