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

Mapping RVA: Racial Separation and Concentrated Poverty in Richmond (Part 2 of 3)

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HOME (Housing Opportunities Made Equal) has done a series of reports on housing and opportunities for social mobility, and these reports contain terrific maps illustrating some of the themes we’ve been talking about (and some more sophisticated than what Social … 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

“Soaring Poverty Casts Spotlight on ‘Lost Decade’”

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From the New York Times, yesterday — Rather sobering: By SABRINA TAVERNISE WASHINGTON — Another 2.6 million people slipped into poverty in the United States last year, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday, and the number of Americans living below the official poverty line, … Continue reading

Confessions of a Closet Socialist

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Posted by: dversaci | April 14, 2009, http://urplsc379s2009.wordpress.com/community-learning-blog Throughout this course we have tossed around a number of recommendations for how to palliate the issues surrounding chronic poverty. Indeed, some of these proposals have been very good, but many have rested on the … Continue reading

This happened in New Orleans…

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Posted by: lf3yw | March 16, 2009, http://urplsc379s2009.wordpress.com/2009/03/16/this-happened-in-new-orleans/ I went to New Orleans over spring break for a service-learning trip which I helped organize. Although our class focuses on Richmond, there are several experiences which I had on the trip which I believe … Continue reading

Culture of Poverty

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Posted by: jerkulwater | February 12, 2009, http://urplsc379s2009.wordpress.com/2009/02/12/culture-of-poverty/ At your sites or on your commute to your site, do you see signs of social disorganization in the Highland Park community or other evidence of the “culture of poverty” manifested?  Does Highland Park seem … Continue reading