The source for news and events at Teachers College, Columbia University
Volume XIII, No. 3 ♦ 11/2007
Gloria Padilla, an editorial writer at the San Antonio Express News and TC Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media fellow, makes no secret of why she's so interested in writing about community colleges-'"she attended one herself.
Chris Emdin, Carol Garber and Regina Cortina are among the new faculty at TC this year. Their interests range from comparative and international education to science and urban education to exercise physiology and applied physical health.
"Smile and the whole world smiles with you," the saying goes-'"to which George Bonanno might add a less catchy corollary:"Depending on your sincerity and what you're smiling about."
Equity Symposium Asks: Can School Finance Suits in State Courts Safeguard Brown v. Board of Ed? Should They?
Since June 2007, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down plans by Seattle and Louisville, Kentucky to maintain racial balance in their public schools, many have seen the nation's education adequacy movement -- the growing wave of lawsuits in state courts that are winning more money for under-funded school districts -- as "the only game in town" for protecting the interests of poor and minority students.
The National Early Childhood Accountability Task Force has released its final report and recommendations for developing a comprehensive assessment system to improve the performance of early education programs. Over the past four years, states have invested more than $1.9 billion in preschool to improve outcomes for children, but few have implemented a comprehensive effort for assessing and improving performance to ensure that early education returns intended results.
Sarah Phillips and Stacy Thomas are 2007's recipients of the Elaine Brantley Award, celebrating community members outstanding contributions to the college.
"This past week has tested our community like no other in recent times."
With that blunt assessment, TC President Fuhrman began the annual State of the College meeting on October 17th -- an event that this year was held against the backdrop of turmoil that had gripped the College a week earlier when a noose was found hanging on the door of an African American faculty member, Madonna Constantine.
Transcript and Video online.