S.F. seen as model in bilingual education over English only

February 13, 2014

In the 15 years since voters essentially banned bilingual education in state schools, teaching English learners to read, write and do arithmetic first in their native language has nearly disappeared from California classrooms.

Since Proposition 227 overwhelmingly passed in June 1998, it's been all about learning English, first and foremost - but not in San Francisco. Nearly 30 percent of the city's 17,000 English learners are in bilingual education programs, compared with 5 percent on average statewide, according to the most recent data available.

Sean Reardon is elected to membership in the National Academy of Education

January 14, 2014

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professor of education and (by courtesy) sociology at Stanford University

Congratulation to Sean Reardon, professor of education and (by courtesy) sociology at Stanford University, on being elected to membership in the National Academy of Education for his valuable contributions to educational research and policy development.

The National Academy of Education (NAEd) advances the highest quality education research and its use in policy formation and practice. Founded in 1965, the NAEd consists of U.S. members and foreign associates who are elected on the basis of outstanding scholarship related to education. Since its establishment, NAEd has undertaken research studies that address pressing issues in education and that typically include both NAEd members and other scholars with an expertise in a particular area of inquiry. In addition, members are deeply engaged in NAEd’s professional development fellowship programs focused on the rigorous preparation of the next generation of scholars.

CEPA faculty score high marks on The 2014 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings

January 08, 2014

The 2014 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings were released this week and record number of CEPA faculty scores high marks on the list. Of the 200 education scholars ranked, 12 CEPA affiliate faculty and faculty made the list: Eric Hanushek (4), Caroline Hoxby (11), Martin Carnoy (13), Michael W. Kirst (30), Sean Reardon (36), Susanna Loeb (75), Rob Reich (75), Thomas Dee (77), Mitchell Stevens (104), Edward H. Haertel (132), Eric Bettinger (142), Michelle Reininger (200)

The Eroding American Middle Class

November 12, 2013

In 1971, according to the Pew Research Center, 61% of all adults lived in middle-income households. By 2011, the middle-income share had fallen to 51%, while the lower- and upper-income sectors grew. Median household income in 2011 was not significantly higher than it had been in 1989. Because upper-income households fared much better during those four decades, their share of total household income increased by 17 percentage points—to 46% from 29%—while the middle-income share fell by 17 points, to 45% from 62%. No wonder Neiman-Marcus and Wal-Mart WMT +0.24% are doing well while J.C. Penney JCP +3.58% and Sears are nearing collapse.

Washington: A world apart

November 09, 2013

Although the wealthiest Americans have always lived in their own islands of privilege, sociologists and demographers say the degree to which today’s professional class resides in a world apart is a departure from earlier generations. People of widely different incomes and professions commonly lived close enough that they mingled at stores, sports arenas and school. In an era in which women had fewer educational and professional opportunities, lawyers married secretaries and doctors married nurses. Now, lawyers and doctors marry each other.

A recent analysis of census data by sociologists Sean Reardon of Stanford and Kendra Bischoff of Cornell highlighted how middle-income neighborhoods have been fading away as more people live in areas that are either poor or affluent.

Richer Americans Like Living With Poorer People Until They Have Kids

October 16, 2013

The share of American families living in either poor or affluent neighborhoods has doubled over the last four decades from 15% to 33%, according to an analysis of Census data by researchers Kendra Bischoff of Cornell University and Sean Reardon at Stanford University. The proportion living in affluent areas shot up from 7% in 1970 to 15% in 2009, while the share of families in poor neighborhoods more than doubled from 8% to 18%.

Separate and Unequal

October 01, 2013

By Nick Ahamed

From SCOTUS’s Fisher v. University of Texas decision to the anniversary Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech,” this summer was rife with claims that the post-racial era has come. True– minorities are better off than they were 50 years ago. But for anyone who saw the film “Fruitvale Station,” you’ll know that all are not yet equal under the law.