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May 6, 2015 | By Richard Rothstein | AudioNPR'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.
April 29, 2015 | By Richard Rothstein | BlogIn 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.
April 3, 2015 | By Richard Rothstein | BlogEleven 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.
Should We Force Integration on Those Who Don’t Want It?, and Other Commonplace Questions about Race Relations
March 30, 2015 | By Richard Rothstein | BlogLast 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.
March 6, 2015 | By Richard Rothstein | VideoEPI research associate Richard Rothstein spoke at the City Club of Cleveland about concentrated poverty and segregation in American schools.
Will the Supreme Court Annihilate One of the Most Effective Tools for Battling Racial Segregation in Housing?
January 9, 2015 | By Richard Rothstein | BlogThe 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.
If the Supreme Court Bans the Disparate Impact Standard it Could Annihilate One of the Few Tools Available to Pursue Housing Integration
January 9, 2015 | By Richard Rothstein | CommentaryA 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.
December 8, 2014 | By Richard Rothstein | VideoEPI research associate Richard Rothstein discusses race- vs. class-based affirmative action with Sheryll Cashin, professor of Law at Georgetown Law School, President of Vassar College Catharine Bond Hill and Lia Epperson, professor of Law at Washington College of Law at American University at EPI’s Should Affirmative Action be Colorblind?
The Racial Achievement Gap, Segregated Schools, and Segregated Neighborhoods – A Constitutional Insult
November 12, 2014 | By Richard Rothstein | CommentaryPublication in: Race and Social Problems 6 (4), December 2014. Abstract Social and economic disadvantage – not only poverty, but a host of associated conditions – depresses student performance.
November 12, 2014 | By Richard Rothstein | BlogIn an article just published in the journal Race and Social Policy, I reviewed why education policy is inseparable from civil rights policy.
October 15, 2014 | By Richard Rothstein | BlogI’ve spent several years studying the evolution of residential segregation nationwide, motivated in part by convictions that the black-white achievement gap cannot be closed while low-income black children are isolated in segregated schools, that schools cannot be integrated unless neighborhoods are integrated, and that neighborhoods cannot be integrated unless we remedy the public policies that have created and support neighborhood segregation.
October 15, 2014 | By Richard Rothstein | ReportThe conditions that created Ferguson cannot be addressed without remedying a century of public policies that segregated our metropolitan landscape.
August 20, 2014 | By Richard Rothstein | Audiohttp://www.epi.org/files/2014/WPFW-Rothstein-08-20-2014-edited.mp3EPI’s Richard Rothstein appeared on WPFW-FM’s Community Watch and Comment show with host David Rabin on August 19, 2014 to discuss why race-conscious affirmative action programs for selective universities are still necessary, and why “race-neutral” alternatives developed to accommodate to the Supreme Court’s requirements cannot overcome the under-representation of African Americans resulting from a state-sponsored racial class system.
Should Race-Based Affirmative Action be Replaced by Race-Neutral Preferences for Low-Income Students? The Discussion Continues
August 4, 2014 | By Richard Rothstein | BlogThe Supreme Court has nearly abolished the obligation of selective colleges and universities to give an advantage in admissions to African Americans, as a way to compensate for centuries of racially discriminatory public policy.
June 30, 2014 | By Richard Rothstein | BlogIn the current issue of The American Prospect, I charge that many liberals and civil rights advocates have been too quick to accommodate to a reactionary Supreme Court plurality that considers the nation’s racial problems to be solved or beyond remedy.
June 23, 2014 | By Richard Rothstein | CommentaryFocusing college-student recruitment on poor neighborhoods can overlook middle-class African Americans entitled to affirmative action.
June 5, 2014 | By Richard Rothstein | MultimediaEPI’s Richard Rothstein appeared at the Schomburg Center for Black Culture, a division of the New York Public Library, in New York City on June 3, 2014 Rothstein spoke about concentrated poverty with Patrick Sharkey of New York University and Ta-Nehisi Coates, National correspondent at The Atlantic.
April 17, 2014 | By Richard Rothstein | ReportMay 17 is the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 decision that prohibited Southern states from segregating schools by race.
April 11, 2014 | By Richard Rothstein | VideoResearch Associate, Economic Policy Institute; Senior Fellow, Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California (Berkeley) School of Law.
March 12, 2014 | By Richard Rothstein | BlogAre African Americans disadvantaged—for example, having lower school achievement—because they have lower family incomes, on average, than whites, or because they continue to suffer from an American caste system based on race?
March 6, 2014 | By Richard Rothstein | MultimediaRichard Rothstein presented research at the Atlantic’s Reinventing the War on Poverty conference on March 6th. Watch the video on Fora.tv.
March 6, 2014 | By Richard Rothstein | PresentationA presentation to the Atlantic Live Conference, Reinventing the War on Poverty, March 6, 2014, Washington, D.C. i. Education Policy is Housing Policy We cannot substantially improve the performance of the poorest African American students – the “truly disadvantaged,” in William Julius Wilson’s phrase – by school reform alone.
February 26, 2014 | By Richard Rothstein | BlogEducation policy in both the Bush and Obama administrations has suffered from failure to acknowledge a critical principle of performance evaluation in all fields, public and private—if an institution has multiple goals but is held accountable only for some, its agents, acting rationally, will increase attention paid to goals for which they are evaluated, and diminish attention to those, perhaps equally important, for which they are not evaluated.
January 7, 2014 | By Richard Rothstein | BlogIn the current issue of The American Prospect, I review Patrick Sharkey’s Stuck in Place, a 2013 book that helps explain the persistent failure of educational policy to spur the upward mobility of low-income African American youth.
December 12, 2013 | By Richard Rothstein | BlogIn the last week, we’ve paid great attention to Nelson Mandela’s call for forgiveness and reconciliation between South Africa’s former white rulers and its exploited black majority.
Misteaching History on Racial Segregation: Ignoring purposeful discriminatory government policies of the past contributes to the ongoing achievement gap
December 12, 2013 | By Richard Rothstein | CommentaryThis article first appeared in School Administrator. To much of the public, it’s self-evident that public schools are “failing” when large achievement gaps separate middle-class white and low-income minority youth.