Students Launch 10 Ideas Series 2010
Grayson Cooper didn’t need a history textbook to show him what a segregated classroom looks like; he’s sat in them himself. “A student enrolled in a North Carolina charter school is more than 2.5 times as likely to sit in a racially segregated classroom than a student in a traditional school,” said Cooper about the subject of his recent proposal in the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network’s 10 Ideas for Education. “As our state competes for Race to the Top funding, we need to make sure that we don’t loose something essential to a quality, just education system.”
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First-hand experience drove Cooper, along with hundreds of other college students, to create and submit his policy remedy to the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network last spring. In his article, published nationwide this week, Cooper suggests that North Carolina adopt a performance-based capital funding structure that would both decrease de facto racial segregation and increase the state’s competitiveness for federal Race to the Top education funding. “This is an important next step in the evolution of our education system, 55 years after Brown v. Board of Education,” said Hilary Doe, National Director of the Institute’s Campus Network. Cooper was recently named the Network’s next Lead Strategist for Education Policy, making him responsible for coordinating hundreds of fellow college students as they develop their own local, state, and federal-level policy proposals in the year ahead. (Click here to read Cooper's article.)
A rising junior at UNC Chapel Hill, Cooper’s proposal was one of hundreds submitted to the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network’s annual 10 Ideas policy series, which includes five other volumes on a range of policy topics. The UNC Chapel Hill chapter has boasted several other student authors, and was also home to the 2009-2010 Lead Strategist for Health Care Policy. One of the oldest and most robust chapters in the Network’s 8500+ member strong organization, Roosevelt at UNC Chapel Hill is known for focusing on intensely local issues, while also building nationally relevant solutions to the problems in North Carolina. The chapter’s members plan to engage the state legislature on Cooper’s proposal when they return to campus in the fall.