|"Stronger Together": We joined with 35 other members of the National Coalition on School Diversity to support the Department of Education's new voluntary school integration program in the President's proposed 2017 Budget. Read our letters to Congress here and here.
Loudoun County backs away from resegregation proposal: PRRAC joined a chorus of objections to a controversial school redistricting plan that would have intentionally concentrated lower income, predominantly Latino children in two district schools. See our letter here, and articles in the Washington Post here and here.
May 12th book launch for Coming of Age in the Other America. If you are in the DC area please come to our office to hear Stefanie DeLuca introduce a powerful new book about upward mobility for disadvantaged youth, based on years of in-depth personal interviews with young people in Baltimore. Coauthored with Susan Clampet-Lundquist and Kathryn Edin. The book talk will be at 1200 18th St. NW, near Dupont Circle, co-sponsored by the Century Foundation and CLASP. Join us at 4:30 pm for light refreshments; talk begins at 5:00 pm. Register here.
PRRAC is hiring: We have re-opened our listing for a Research Associate - see the job announcement here.
New HUD guidance on criminal background checks: On April 4, HUD released new guidance on the "Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Use of Criminal Records by Providers of Housing and Real Estate-Related Transactions," emphasizing that such "barriers to housing are likely to have a disproportionate impact on minority home seekers," and noting that an exclusion that "fails to consider the nature, severity, and recency of criminal conduct is unlikely to be proven necessary to serve a 'substantial, legitimate, nondiscriminatory interest' of the provider." Advocates expressed hope that more enforcement will result. The guidance is available here.
Debtor's prisons - in 2016? The ACLU Racial Justice Project pushes back against Jim Crow-style "debtors prisons" in Mississippi - read about the settlement in Kennedy v. City of Biloxi.
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