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What Works News Round-Up – February 3, 2016

by Admin

In the News

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

Citylab (2/2/16) Are Poor Neighborhoods Worse for Boys Than Girls?
How adults in the U.S. fare economically depends, to a large extent, on the quality of the neighborhoods they grew up in. But boys and girls who live right down the street from each other don’t always end up, economically speaking, in the same place.

PBS Newshour (2/2/16) Seeing Success, Conservative Oklahoma Banks on Universal Preschool
Children in Oklahoma don’t wait for kindergarten to begin public education; there’s preschool for anyone who wants it. While costly, the government program has been hailed for the long-term benefits and has become a national model.

Urban Wire (2/1/16) No Matter the Intervention, Pay For Success Programs are Ambitious
Pay For Success is one solution to a set of significant challenges states face in providing social services, such as the wrong pockets problem, a shortage of up-front capital, and a lack of evidence supporting some of the programs government funds.

The New York Times (2/1/16) Black America and the Class Divide
The economic gap within the African-American community is one of the most important factors in the rise of Black Lives Matter, led by a new generation of college graduates and students.

The Washington Post (1/27/16) It’s Not Just Flint: Poor Communities Across the Country Live With ‘Extreme’ Polluters
As national attention focuses on Flint, Mich. — where lead-contaminated water flowed for over a year to a relatively poor, minority community — new research suggests that across the U.S., communities like these are more likely to be exposed to some of the most intense pollution.

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