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What Works News Round-Up – February 11, 2016

by Admin

In the News

Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week.

Urban Wire (2/10/16) The Stalled, Struggling Black Middle Class
Black children raised in middle class households in the late 1970s and early 1980s fall out of middle class status at notably larger rates than white children upon reaching adulthood. More than 35 percent of black children raised in the middle of the income distribution will drop into the bottom 30 percent as adults.

The Atlantic (2/8/16) How School Suspensions Push Black Students Behind
A new study shows how much racial discrepancies in classroom discipline contribute to the achievement gap.

Next City (2/4/16) Why Your Commercial District Needs an Anti-Poverty Strategy
Could a platform established decades ago to shape the physical well-being of urban centers offer an answer to the challenge of economic disconnection in city neighborhoods?

Governing (2/3/16) Life Expectancy Varies Greatly Within Cities
Neighborhood life expectancy gaps are fairly common and driven by a range of factors, such as poverty, infrastructure and access to health care. The Center on Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is collecting and mapping life expectancy data for several cities.

USA Today (2/3/16) Feds Examine Health Benefits of Screening and Linking to Social Services
The Obama administration is working to build evidence supporting increased federal and state spending on anti-violence, social service and other programs to improve life in poor neighborhoods and limit the growth in health care costs

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