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What Works News Round-Up – December 12, 2014

by Admin

In the News

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

The Atlantic (12/11/14) When It Comes to Early Learning, Preschool Isn’t Enough
University of Chicago economist James Heckman has placed a dollar value on early education for disadvantaged kids, saying investments give returns of 7 percent to 10 percent per year, per child.

Governing (12/11/14) Hunger, Homelessness Continue to Rise in U.S. Cities
Hunger and homelessness continued to increase in U.S. cities in 2014, but not by as much as previous years, according to the latest annual survey from the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Institute of Medicine Commentary (12/9/14) How Much Do Healthy Communities Cost?
Today, most agree that achieving substantial improvements in population health and medical costs will require a greater focus on the upstream social determinants of health. I count myself among the converted, and I believe the community development sector’s work at the intersection of people and place offers many promising solutions.

CityLab (12/9/14) Tech Culture and Rising Inequality: A Complex Relationship
With income inequality surging and housing becoming all but unaffordable for the working and middle classes in urban tech hubs, one can understand where the anger projected at techies comes from. That said, it may be a huge mistake to blame technology, innovation, and startups—the very things that drive productivity and job creation—for today’s urban problems.

The Washington Post (12/8/14) Chicago Gave Hundreds of High-Risk Kids a Summer Job. Violent Crime Arrests Plummeted.
A couple of years ago, the city of Chicago started a summer jobs program for teenagers attending high schools in some of the city’s high-crime, low-income neighborhoods. The program was meant, of course, to connect students to work.

The New York Times (12/6/14) How Technology Could Fight Income Inequality
Rising income inequality has set off fierce political and economic debates, but one important angle hasn’t been explored adequately. We need to ask whether market forces themselves might limit or reverse the trend.

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