Category Archives: Education

Op-Ed: “How U.S. News college rankings promote economic inequality on campus”

Benjamin Wermund, How U.S. News college rankings promote economic inequality on campus, Politco, September 10, 2017. [“Once ladders of social mobility, universities increasingly reinforce existing wealth, fueling a backlash that helped elect Donald Trump.”]

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Op-Ed: “Unemployment in Black and White”

The Editorial Board, Unemployment in Black and White, Washington Post, August 28, 2017. [“The hard truth is that the persistence of twice-as-high joblessness for black workers has led policy makers to accept it as normal.”]

Op-Ed: “Teaching Hurricane Harvey: Ideas and Resources”

Katherine Schulten, Michael Gonchar, Caroline Crossom Giplin, Teaching Hurricane Harvey: Ideas and Resources, New York Times, August 31, 2017. [New perspectives on the natural disaster discourse.]

New Article: “Civil Rights Remedies in Higher Education: Jurisprudential Limitations and Lost Moments in Time”

New Article: Lia Epperson, Civil Rights Remedies in Higher Education: Jurisprudential Limitations and Lost Moments in Time,  23 Wash. & Lee J. Civ. Rts. & Soc. Just. 343 (2017).

Op-Ed: “Black people aren’t keeping white Americans out of college. Rich people are.”

Op-Ed: Christine Emba, Black people aren’t keeping white Americans out of college. Rich people are, Wash. Post, Aug. 4, 2017.

Paper: “Measuring the Impact of Social Justice Teaching: Research Design and Oversight”

Lisa Bliss, Sylvia Caley, and Leslie E. Wolf, “Measuring the Impact of Social Justice Teaching: Research Design and Oversight“, Georgia State University College of Law International Journal of Clinical Legal Education (2017).

New Pathways Issue: “State of the Union 2017”

SOTU_cover_smallNew Pathways : “State of the Union 2017” (Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality 2017). Table of contents below:

Executive Summary
Are our country’s policies for reducing racial and ethnic inequalities getting the job done? The simple answer: No.
Employment
Even after the recovery, 1 in 9 African Americans and 1 in 6 Hispanics fear a job loss within one year. Why?
Poverty
We remain two Americas: a high-poverty America for blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans, and a (relatively) low-poverty America for whites and Asians.
Safety Net
The safety net, which is supposed to serve an equalizing function, sometimes works to exacerbate racial and ethnic inequalities within the low-income population.
Housing
Whereas 1 in 6 black and Hispanic households dedicate at least half of their income to housing costs, only 1 in 12 white households do. How did that happen?
Education
Between 1990 and 2015, average academic performance improved for students of all racial and ethnic groups, but grew fastest among black and Hispanic students. The result: White-black and white-Hispanic achievement gaps declined by 15 to 25 percent.
Incarceration
Did you think that all that talk about criminal justice reform has brought about a sea change in racial inequalities in incarceration? Think again.
Health
Large and persistent racial gaps in health are not the product of our genes but the consequences of our policies and history.
Earnings
Between 1970 and 2010, the earnings gap between whites and other groups has narrowed, but most of that decline was secured in the immediate aftermath of the Civil Rights Movement.
Wealth
African-Americans have less than 8 cents and Hispanics less than 10 cents of wealth for every dollar amassed by whites.
Intergenerational Mobility
The persistence of poverty has long been stronger for blacks than whites. However, beginning with generations that came of age in the mid-1960s, the white-black gap in the chance of escaping poverty has closed significantly.

Op-Ed: “Don’t Like Betsy DeVos? Blame the Democrats.” – Diane Ravitch

Op-Ed: Diane Ravitch, Don’t Like Betsy DeVos? Blame the Democrats, New Republic, May 23, 2017.

New Report: “Lessons from the end of free college in England”

New Report: Richard Murphy et al., Lessons from the end of free college in England (Brookings Inst. 2017).

New Article: “Do Court Mandates Change the Distribution of Taxes and Spending? Evidence from School Finance Litigation”

New Article: Zachary D. Liscow, Do Court Mandates Change the Distribution of Taxes and Spending? Evidence from School Finance Litigation, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies (Forthcoming).  Abstract below:

Little is known about whether court mandates ultimately affect the distribution of taxes and spending or whether legislatures offset the distributional consequences of those court orders with other changes. To offer insight into this question, I use an event-study methodology to show how state revenues and expenditures respond to court orders to increase funding for schools for low-income students. The court orders are financed almost entirely through increases in taxes, and there is little evidence of offsetting behavior by the legislature. State income tax changes are broad-based across the income distribution and do not target tax filers with children. Thus, since the main beneficiaries of the school spending do not pay a disproportionate share of the costs, advocates for school finance reform are effective at transferring resources to poor families. The results suggest that welfare analysis of these legal rules should take into account not only efficiency but also distribution.