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Inequality Begins at Birth: The Tragedy of Child Poverty in America

Child poverty remains an issue that the U.S. has yet to solve, yet there exist a number of effective policy solutions available that the government should be embracing.


Four Reasons Why The Minimum Wage Beat Congress

May 29, 2015 COMMENTARY BY: Mike Cassidy TOPICS: Workers & Economic Inequality, Economic Policy, Poverty

There is an overwhelming majority of support for raising the minimum wage, so why can't Congress agree and make it a reality? 


Community College Students Are Being Cheated Out of Public Funding, Study Says

TCF senior fellow Rick Kahlenberg recently released a new report that indicates how community college students are being severely shortchanged in terms of receiving public funding. An article appeared in MarketWatch citing the research and highlighting how this lack of adequate funding is driving the inequality gap to become even wider.

“Community colleges are the quintessential institutions for the aspiring middle class,” said Richard Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation and the author of the report. “So getting community colleges wrong is central to this larger problem of a lack of social mobility.”

Read the full article.

Tags: inequality gap, higher education, education funding, community college

We Can’t Talk About Housing Policy Without Talking About Racism

A Clinton-era study called Moving to Opportunity (MTO) that looked at the effects moving individuals out of high-poverty neighborhoods with vouchers and into census-tracts with less than 10 percent poverty to see if this would improve their life outcomes. TCF fellow Stefanie DeLuca countered the article and says that programs like this do not go far enough to assist those living in poverty.

For DeLuca and Rosenblatt, there’s plenty that MTO did right but confronting endemic poverty and segregation requires a more systematic approach. That is, something perhaps more akin to the Baltimore Mobility Program (BMP), through which 2,400 Baltimore families have relocated since 2003. Whereas MTO offered housing search counseling to program participants, BMP provided that plus post-move counseling, second move counseling if necessary, and financial literacy and credit repair training.

Read the full article featuring Stefanie DeLuca's work.

Tags: low-income families, inner city, baltimore housing mobility program

For the Sake of Working-Class Students, Give ‘Fisher’ Another Chance

TCF senior fellow Rick Kahlenberg, who has written extensively on reforming the higher education system, encourages the U.S. Supreme Court to accept an appeal made by Abigail Noel Fisher in the Fisher v. University of Texas litigation challenging UT-Austin’s affirmative-action policies. Kahlenberg champions the use of class instead of race as a means of encouraging a diverse student body on college campuses.

In the Fisher decision, the court said the 14th Amendment of the Constitution placed on universities "the ultimate burden of demonstrating, before turning to racial classifications, that workable race-neutral alternatives do not suffice." The justices then sent the case back to the Fifth Circuit to apply this standard.

Read Kahlenberg's entire article featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Tags: race-based affirmative action, higher education, diversity in education, college admissions, class-based affirmative action

Dear Baltimore Youth: We See Your Incredible Promise. We Will Not Give Up On You.

What if the Baltimore portrayed by the news media were not the real Baltimore? TCF fellow Stefanie DeLuca talks about the youth of Baltimore whom she has worked with in her thirteen years there.

Tags: youth, police, baltimore housing, baltimore


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