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What Works News Round-Up – May 15, 2014

by Admin

In the News

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

TIME Magazine (5/13/14) Big Gaps in Pre-K Availability Nationwide, Report Finds
A new survey of state-funded pre-kindergarten programs finds a wide disparity in the availability of early education nationwide, as enrollment figures fell for the first time in over a decade.

The Atlantic Cities (5/13/14) Does New Mass Transit Always Have to Mean Rapidly Rising Rents?
Anxiety over new transit projects in established neighborhoods is nothing new, although historically it was more often felt in wealthy areas, where people worried about rising crime and falling property values. Today gentrification is the more likely scenario, with dense urban living becoming desirable again.

The Washington Post (5/12/14) Foreclosures May Raise Neighbors’ Blood Pressure, Study Finds
The stress of living near a foreclosed home may increase a person’s chances of developing high blood pressure, according to research published Monday in an American Heart Association journal called Circulation.

MetroTrends Blog (5/12/14) How HUD’s latest fair housing rule could expand access to opportunity
New rules – currently being finalized by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – could spark new solutions to longstanding problems of exclusion and inequality. For decades, low-income families – and especially families of color – have been excluded from communities that offer safety, good schools, a healthy environment, and access to jobs.

The Atlantic Cities (5/12/14) Mapping Three Decades of Rising Income Inequality, State by State
By 2012, the map as a whole has clearly gotten much darker, indicating increased inequality across the board. But now the states with the highest levels of inequality—ten of them, plus D.C.—are those with more advanced, knowledge-based economies. New York and Connecticut join D.C. at the very top of the list, while California and Massachusetts also number among the top ten most unequal states.

The New York Times (5/10/14) The Benefits of Mixing Rich and Poor
If Head Start is going to realize its potential, it has to break out of the antipoverty mold. One promising but unfortunately rarely used strategy is to encourage all youngsters, not just poor kids, to enroll, with poor families paying nothing and middle-class families contributing on a sliding scale. Another is to merge Head Start with high-quality state prekindergarten.

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