PRRAC Update  

January 24, 2013    




Welcome to the PRRAC Update!  Every other Thursday, PRRAC sends out a brief digest of news, recent publications, and other points of interest related to our work in housing, education, and health. We welcome feedback and encourage you to forward to others. To join the PRRAC email list, click here.  



Honoring Chester Hartman: We are proud to report that the National Low Income Housing Coalition is honoring PRRAC's Director of Research (and former Executive Director), Chester Hartman, with the Cushing N. Dolbeare Lifetime Service Award at their national conference awards reception on Tuesday, March 19 at 6:00 at the Washington Court Hotel. Please save the date and register now!  The recipient of the other annual award from the coalition, the Edward W. Brooke, III Housing Leadership Award will be Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), a housing champion who recently retired after 18 years in the U.S. Senate. (p.s. if you are planning to come on March 19, please let us know so we can look for you there).


HUD heading down "wrong road" on transportation costs?  Read our latest commentary in the Huffington Post on HUD's Housing and Transportation Affordability Initiative.


Department of Education neglects to include school diversity again: With other members of the National Coalition on School Diversity, we joined a formal comment letter critiquing proposed guidelines for the "Investing in Innovation" competitive grant program. Although the Department approved "school diversity" as a general grant criterion two years ago, we have been frustrated by their failure to include it in their major competitive grant programs.



Other news and resources


"Open Enrollment and Racial Segregation in the Twin Cities, 2000-2010": A new study by Myron Orfield and Thomas F. Luce, Jr. from the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity looks at the consequences of unfettered choice programs in the Minneapolis region.  Read the study here.

Magnet Schools conference: "Sustaining Innovation and Choice in a New Political Landscape," Magnet Schools of America's Annual Policy Conference in DC, is scheduled for February 4-6.

The conference will cover the latest on federal grant opportunities, upcoming legislation, and other topics relating to implementation of school diversity programs in the field. Click here for all of the conference details. MSA is offering a reduced-price one-day registration for February 4 or 6. Please let John Laughner ( know if you are interested in this option.




Philip Tegeler

Poverty & Race Research Action Council

Washington, DC