On any school day, one in ten African American children has a parent behind bars; African American children are six times as likely as white children to have had an imprisoned parent.
In a new report, Mass Incarceration and Children’s Outcomes, we argue that criminal justice policy is education policy, and should be high on educators’ lists of concerns.
Parental incarceration leads to an array of cognitive and noncognitive outcomes known to affect children’s performance in school. Therefore, the discriminatory incarceration of African American parents makes an important contribution to the racial achievement gap. Educators hoping to narrow the achievement gap should make criminal justice reform a policy priority.
This article first appeared on the NAACP Legal Defense Fund‘s website.
A bill introduced in the New York City Council proposes to establish “an office of school diversity within the human rights commission dedicated to studying the prevalence and causes of racial segregation in public schools and developing recommendations for remedying such segregation.”
But it is not reasonable, indeed it is misleading, to study school segregation in New York City without simultaneously studying residential segregation.
What Mr. Carson’s view ignores is that the racial segregation of every metropolitan area in the nation is also the result of “social engineering”—the purposeful efforts of federal, state, and local governments to create and enforce the residential separation of the races. What the Obama administration has begun are plans to undo this social engineering. Failing to continue these plans doesn’t avoid social engineering—it perpetuates it.
In Quartz, I described a rarely noticed but devastating development that is undermining African American working and middle class families—a racially disparate property tax system that, in many cities, extorts a premium from African American homeowners.
Simply put, if the racial concentration of students had been entirely unchanged from 2001 to 2014, the share of schools that had high percentages of poor and black or Hispanic students would still have grown, solely because of a growth in family poverty or near-poverty.
Housing segregation undergirds many of the nation’s seemingly intractable racial inequities. Federal courts may be starting to notice.
Last week, the Princeton University trustees announced they were rejecting student protester demands that “Woodrow Wilson” be removed from the names of the university’s School of Public and International Affairs and a residential undergraduate college.
EPI’s Richard Rothstein joined public radio’s “The Diane Rehm Show” to talk about helping isolated, poor and minority communities get access to reliable and safe transportation.
EPI’s Richard Rothstein discussed housing discrimination, racial segregation, and poverty in America on public radio’s “The Diane Rehm Show.”
This post originally appeared on SCOTUSblog, as part of a symposium on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the challenge to the university’s use of affirmative action in its undergraduate admissions process.
EPI research associate Richard Rothstein joined housing policy experts to discuss residential segregation and diversity in America’s cities at the 2015 National Fair Housing Training and Policy Conference held at the U.S.
Appearing on NBC’s “Today,” EPI’s Richard Rothstein explained that parents need regular work schedules so their children can have regular bedtimes and mealtimes and be enrolled in regularly scheduled early childhood programs.
For the first anniversary of the Ferguson uprising, EPI’s Richard Rothstein addressed the Changing America One Community at a Time Conference in St.Louis to discuss how race-conscious public policy created segregation and concentrated poverty.
Although employer demands for evening and night-time work will continue, reforms should create disincentives to schedule work that impedes employees’ ability to provide stable home lives for children.
This article was originally published in The American Prospect on July 5, 2015.
In June, the Supreme Court issued several decisions with big policy implications.
In June, Supreme Court decisions on Obamacare and same-sex marriage overshadowed another important decision, this one on housing discrimination, confirming that the Fair Housing Act not only prohibits actions or policies that are intentionally bigoted, but also those that have the effect of disadvantaging minorities, even where no racist intent can be proven.
Economists, sociologists, and developmental psychologists have consistently concluded that background characteristics strongly shape cognitive and behavioral outcomes. When school improvement is not complemented by policies to narrow social class differences, students’ chances of success are greatly diminished.
EPI research associate Richard Rothstein spoke about race-conscious government policies designed to segregate metropolitan areas in a presentation to the Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity division of the U.S.
EPI research associate Richard Rothstein talked with Terry Gross of NPR’s Fresh Air about government-sponsored segregation and the legacy of racial segregation in America’s metropolitan areas.
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NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute about what he calls "government-sponsored segregation," and how it has led to police-community tensions.
In Baltimore in 1910, a black Yale law school graduate purchased a home in a previously all-white neighborhood. The Baltimore city government reacted by adopting a residential segregation ordinance, restricting African Americans to designated blocks.
Eleven Atlanta educators, convicted and imprisoned, have taken the fall for systematic cheating on standardized tests in American education. Such cheating is widespread, as is similar corruption in any institution—whether health care, criminal justice, the Veterans Administration, or others—where top policymakers try to manage their institutions with simple quantitative measures that distort the institution’s goals.
Last week, Stuart Butler and Jonathan Grabinsky of the Brookings Institution published a web-memorandum describing “Segregation and Concentrated Poverty in the Nation’s Capital.” It showed that racial segregation has not diminished in Washington, D.C.
EPI research associate Richard Rothstein spoke at the City Club of Cleveland about concentrated poverty and segregation in American schools.
The U.S. Supreme Court could be on the verge of issuing a major setback to racial integration efforts. In two weeks, it will hear oral arguments regarding whether the federal government and states should be permitted to pursue policies that perpetuate or exacerbate racial segregation in housing—even where no intent to segregate is proven.
A ruling in a case coming before the U.S. Supreme Court January 21 may make it even more difficult to fight segregation in many areas of American life by requiring civil rights plaintiffs to prove that defendants consciously intended to discriminate.