Richard D. Kahlenberg is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation, where he writes about a variety of education issues. He has been called “the intellectual father of the economic integration movement” in K-12 schooling. He is also an authority on teachers’ unions, private school vouchers, charter schools, turnaround school efforts, and inequality in higher education. He is the author of five books, including: Why Organizing Should Be A Civil Right; Rebuilding a Middle-Class Democracy by Enhancing Worker Voice (with Moshe Marvit) and Tough Liberal: Albert Shanker and the Battles Over Schools, Unions, Race, and Democracy. Kahlenberg is also the editor of eight Century Foundation books including The Futuer of School Integration: Socioeconomic Diversity as an Education Reform Strategy. Kahlenberg’s articles have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The, and elsewhere. He has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, C-SPAN, MSNBC, and NPR. He writes a weekly blog for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Previously, Kahlenberg was a Fellow at the Center for National Policy, a visiting associate professor of constitutional law at George Washington University, and a legislative assistant to Senator Charles S. Robb (D-VA). He is also a nonresident senior fellow at Education Sector and serves on the advisory board of the Pell Institute and the Research Advisory Panel of the National Coalition for School Diversity.
Current education policies haven’t sufficiently leveraged the organizational and interpersonal aspects of schools which can benefit educators and students collectively. Instead, the focus has been primarily on technical and individual-level approaches. However, a focus on individuals seems insufficient and limited; a simultaneous and equally strong focus on strengthening the organizations where teachers work appears sorely needed.