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.
Richard D. Kahlenberg
Authored Blog Posts
- February 23, 2017
- February 3, 2014
- June 11, 2012
Recent Blog Posts
January 10, 2018
Today, the U.S. finds itself in a crisis of democracy, in which the future of our liberties and our republican form of government hang in the balance. Almost daily, we see attacks against the rights of citizenship, especially on the right to vote, and against the rule of law, an independent judiciary and a free press. Demagogic attacks are regularly launched against “other” Americans—immigrants and refugees, people of color, Muslims and Jews, and LGBTQ people. What role should American education play in responding to this crisis of democracy? How should we teach democratic citizenship in our schools and universities to ensure that the “whole mass of the people” can see that it is their interest to preserve the republican government established by the founders to sustain liberty and democracy? How can America’s educators ensure that their classrooms and lecture halls are places where students learn to recognize demagoguery, oppose bigotry and resist tyranny? Two of our nation’s leading public intellectuals, Harvard professor Danielle Allen and Yale professor Timothy Snyder, will join AFT President Randi Weingarten to discuss these questions. Noon to 2:00 pm, 555 New Jersey Ave, NW, Washington, D.C. More information and registration.
January 11, 2018
Co-Sponored by the Shanker Institute and the AFT, they are held the second Wednesday of the month during the school year from noon to 2:00 pm at 555 New Jersey Ave, NW. Lunch is served and registration is required. More information and registration.
February 14, 2018
Co-Sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute and the American Federation of Teachers
This research brief presents an analysis of student segregation by race and ethnicity in the District of Columbia, with a particular focus on segregation within and between public and private schools.
Teaching in Context (Harvard Education Press, 2017) provides new evidence from a range of leading scholars showing that teachers become more effective when they work in organizations that support them in comprehensive and coordinated ways. The volume is edited by ASI senior fellow Esther Quintero and has a foreword by Andy Hargreaves.