Racial and Class Isolation in Four School Districts

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Given our on-going discussion of concentrated poverty and education reform, I thought you would find this study interesting.  It examines four school districts each with a different method of assigning students to schools and the effects of those policies on … Continue reading

RVA Makes National News: “Richmond Awaits a Bold Antipoverty Plan”

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From the New York Times By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS Published: October 14, 2013 Mayor Dwight C. Jones, in his second term, has set an ambitious agenda in Richmond, Va., which has a poverty rate of 26.3 percent. Many Richmond residents live … Continue reading

Controversy Over the STEAM School

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From: http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/school-board-discusses-new-elementary-school/article_095a5ba4-1617-5bb9-aa17-d18d8197c5aa.html?mode=jqm (Yesterday) School Board discusses new elementary school School Board, other leaders debate the need to replace Overby-Sheppard Elementary BY ZACHARY REID Richmond Times-Dispatch | Posted 9 hours ago A new $21.3 million Overby-Sheppard Elementary School is an essential part of the redevelopment … Continue reading

In Search of Food Deserts

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I am fascinated by creative ways to visualize numerical data.  This is from one of the blogs I follow: From Flowing Data, http://flowingdata.com/2013/08/27/in-search-of-food-deserts/ In search of food deserts AUGUST 27, 2013  |  DATA UNDERLOAD Last time I looked at where major grocery stores … Continue reading

“Class Action” (Style Weekly)

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A coalition of frustrated parents demands an overhaul of an advanced academic program. BY CAROL A.O. WOLF, July 30, 2013 School Board Member Kim Gray, whose two children attended the International Baccalaureate programs at Lucille Brown Middle School and Thomas Jefferson … Continue reading

“Middle-Class Areas Shrink as Income Gap Grows, New Report Finds”

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New York Times, November 16, 2011 By SABRINA TAVERNISE WASHINGTON — The portion of American families living in middle-income neighborhoods has declined significantly since 1970, according to a new study, as rising income inequality left a growing share of families in neighborhoods … Continue reading