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Given that so many law professors come from either Yale or Harvard (or occasionally an elite NYC school), this article might be interesting: Jennifer Gersten, We Don’t Talk About It, Yale Daily News Magazine, Nov. 7, 2013 [about Socio-economic class at Yale].
My own related take, that many of the readers of this blog may have already seen, is in this law review parody.
The new president of Yale, Peter Salovey, also made this topic the focus of his freshman address.
N.Y. Times: Eduardo Porter, In Public Education, Edge Still Goes to Rich, N.Y. Times, Nov. 5, 2013.
New Event from others at my school: Student Debt and Education Justice. March 19, 2013 at American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C.
Borrowers owe over $1 trillion in students loans. Default rates top 15% for loans taken to attend for-profit colleges, many of which provide poor educational programs. Students who default on loans—regardless of whether their job prospects improved after enrolling in the course— experience a host of negative consequences, including destroyed credit scores, wage and Social Security garnishments, lost security clearances and a debt burden that cannot be discharged, even in bankruptcy. Defaulting students lose the very economic mobility they sought through post-secondary education. The debt burden cripples low-income communities, undermines access to education, and poses a danger to the larger economy.
The Women and the Law Program’s new Student Debt and Education Justice Project will address the causes and consequences of student debt, particularly for low-income students. Join us for an inaugural panel as we explore how legal regulation and public policy governing higher education and student debt might be reformed or improved so that low-income borrowers are more likely to benefit from, rather than be harmed by, enrolling in institutions of higher education. Speakers include:
- Chris Kirkham, The Huffington Post
- Deanne Loonin, The National Consumer Law Center
- Joseph Mais, The Institute for College Access and Success
- Libby Masiuk, Senate HELP Committee
- Spiros Protopsaltis, Senate HELP Committee
- Tobin Van Ostern, Center for American Progress
For a full program and to register online, click here.
New Article: Derek W. Black, Civil Rights, Charter Schools, and Lessons to be Learned, 64 Fla. L. Rev. 1723 (2013). Abstract below:
Two major structural shifts have occurred in education reform in the past two decades: the decline of civil rights reforms and the rise of charter schools. Courts and policy makers have relegated traditional civil rights reforms that address segregation, poverty, disability, and language barriers to near irrelevance, while charter schools and policies supporting their creation and expansion have rapidly increased and now dominate federal policy. Advocates of traditional civil rights reforms interpret the success of charter schools as a threat to their cause, and, consequently, have fought the expansion of charter schools. This Article argues that the civil rights community has misinterpreted both its own decline and the rise of charter schools. Rather than look for external explanations, civil rights advocates should turn their scrutiny inward. And, rather than attack charter schools, they should learn from them.
New Article: Barry Friedman & Sara Solow, The Federal Right to an Adequate Education, 81 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 92 (2013).
-Thanks to Concurring Opinions for the heads up!
(Bad) Op-Ed of note: Nicholas D. Kristof, Profiting From a Child’s Illiteracy, N.Y. Times, Dec. 7, 2012. And here is a response from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The nicest thing that can be said about the op-ed is that it covers a lot of ground . . .
Stanford’s Center on Poverty and Inequality has published a new issue of Pathways, available here. The contents from the website are below:
RESEARCH IN BRIEF
- A Report on New Poverty and Inequality Research
Eviction and its role as a poverty trigger; “intense schools” and their effects on disadvantaged youth; racial disparities in receipt of Unemployment Insurance; and other cutting-edge research.
A SOCIAL FALLOUT TO THE GREAT RECESSION?
- The Great Decline in American Immigration?
Douglas S. Massey
Immigrants accounted for over a third of U.S. population growth in recent decades. But the Great Recession is bringing about a real turnaround in immigration dynamics.
- The Crime Wave That Wasn’t
An economic downturn is supposed to raise crime rates by reducing opportunities for licit employment and earnings. Why, then, have most types of crime continued to decline throughout the Great Recession?
- Is the Recession Making Us Sick?
So far, at least, there’s no evidence of a recession-induced health epidemic. But there are troubling developments in children’s health and in depression among young adults that could lead to problems down the road.
- Sheltering the Storm: American Families in the Great Recession
S. Philip Morgan, Erin Cumberworth, and Christopher Wimer
The decision to have a baby, to form or end a union, and to return to the nest are all family behaviors that might be sensitive to economic downturns. Is the recession indeed changing the family? And are “red” and “blue” families reacting differently?
- Can the Newly-Reelected Obama Save the American Public School?
A conversation between William Julius Wilson and Sylvie Laurent
Under the Obama administration, education policy has shifted in fundamental ways, yet the changes have remained largely under the radar. We’ve invited two preeminent scholars to a mini-debate on how these changes will play out.
New Article: Kerry P. Burnet, Note, Never a Lost Cause: Evaluating School Finance Litigation in the Face of Continuing Education Inequality in Post-Rodriguez America, 2012 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1225 (2012). Abstract below:
This Note considers the future of school finance litigation. Specifically, the Note argues that school finance litigation should be pursued and can achieve success because education inequality is a civil rights violation. The Note begins by describing the education in-equality crisis and detailing the history of failed education litigation. Drawing on this background, the Note argues that education in-equality is an equal protection violation and then reconciles this conclusion with the outcomes of previous cases, including the watershed Rodriguez case. The education crisis requires a judicial solution because the legislature cannot or will not accomplish the necessary complete overhaul of the school finance system. Thus, the Note concludes that the best way to remedy the education crisis is to bring equal protection claims in both state and federal courts on the basis of wealth, with poor children established as a suspect class. Furthermore, the Note recommends that litigation be accompanied by concrete proposals for reform, as a plaintiff victory alone will not produce change.