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New issue of Poverty & Race: The latest issue of Poverty & Race - arriving in mailboxes this week - includes a lead civil rights history article on the Mississippi voting rights struggle in the early 1960s (and its echoes in today's voter disenfranchisement battles in the South); a forum on the new U.N. report on "Criminalization of Poverty"; and a commentary by Manual Pastor and Vanessa Carter on the coming non-white majority in the United States and its implications. Click here for a copy.
House Republicans Release Draft ESEA Bills: House Republicans unveiled two ESEA bills that would significantly alter the education law's current requirements. The bills have some similarities with the current Senate proposal but would eliminate science as a required testing subject (?) and would not require states to specifically address the lowest performing five percent of schools. The bills also propose changes to current funding policies by combining programs for specific groups of students into Title I and loosening some of the requirements about how this money is spent. House Democrats and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have already expressed their disapproval of the bills.
PRRAC gentrification panel at the 2012 "Transforming Race" conference: Reserve your place at the Kirwan Institute's 2012 Transforming Race conference in Columbus, Ohio, from March 15-17, 2012. PRRAC is hosting a panel entitled, "The End of Gentrification?: Strategies to Create and Stabilize Diverse and Integrated Neighborhoods," featuring Lance Freeman from Columbia University and Michael Wilkos of the Columbus Foundation. More information can be found here. This panel is a part of PRRAC's multi-year examination of gentrification and diversity in several American communities.
Poverty & Race Research Action Council