Education

School desegregation: It's not just a Mississippi problem

62 years after Brown vs. Board, the Supreme court has decided that perhaps outstanding consent decrees from the 70s should be enforced in Cleveland, MS.  I have a memoir, TEACHER, forthcoming this fall about the rural black public schools of...

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Money shouldn't outweigh merit in college admissions

Colleges and universities are supposed to be engines of social mobility where smart students from poor families get ahead based on their hard work, persistence and abilities. It’s sad that many colleges have lost their way and are primarily...

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Breaking Congressional gridlock to feed the kids

For those of us interested in policy solutions to serious challenges facing Americans, these past few months have been discouraging. The combination of a crazy presidential race and long-standing political polarization has brought Congress almost...

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Income sharing agreements: a dangerous distraction

For the first time in a long time, we see momentum around a greater public investment in higher education. From presidential candidates to Congressional and state leaders, policymakers are getting behind the idea of greater funding, up to and...

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Cementing a legacy of putting students first

Every day seems to bring news about another for-profit college scam.  Hundreds of thousands of students have been deceived, misled, and harassed into enrolling at these schools where they end up with a mountain of debt and a worthless degree...

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Every classroom holds the key to the college access puzzle

In reading the recent coverage around the college admission season it’s easy to think that there is one educational path whose most urgent obstacle occurs in the 12th grade, when high school seniors confront the daunting acceptance rates of the...

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Are we really appreciating our teachers?

Six weeks ago, I found myself driving down the 105 in Los Angeles, making my way from LAX towards Compton. I had never been to Compton before, nor did I know what to expect from the students and teachers I was planning to meet with from Laurel...

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