News About Inequality - September 2007
'The New Affirmative Action'
- The New York Times, September 30, 2007
In another time, it wouldn't have been too hard to guess where Frances Harris would have ended up going to college. She has managed to do very well in very difficult circumstances, and she is African-American.
'At the Elite Colleges - Dim White Kids'
- The Boston Globe, September 28, 2007
AUTUMN AND a new academic year are upon us, which means that selective colleges are engaged in the annual ritual of singing the praises of their new freshman classes.
'The Immigration Charade'
'At Elite Colleges, New Aid for the Middle'
'The Fence to Nowhere'
'The New College Try'
- The New York Times, September 24, 2007
AMERICANS are committed to the belief that everyone, no matter how humble his origins, has a chance to rise to the top. Our leading colleges and universities play a pivotal role in this national narrative, for they are considered major pathways to power and privilege.
- The Boston Globe, September 23, 2007
It's a government program whose impact rivals the New Deal. It pushes whole communities out of society's mainstream. It costs tens of billions of dollars a year. Scholars are just beginning to understand how prison is reshaping the country.
'Film With Same-Sex Parents Splits School District'
- The New York Times, September 14, 2007
That was enough to entangle this wealthy suburb of 45,000, about 15 miles east of Philadelphia, in a heated debate among parents and educators. As the issue simmered, the district decided to shelve the film, provoking the threat of a lawsuit by gay rights activists who said the district's refusal to show the video was a violation of state antidiscrimination laws.
'Not in Whose Backyard?'
- New York Times, September 2, 2007
Consider this curiosity of United States environmental policy: Countless federal laws have been written to preserve far-flung wilderness that Americans rarely visit (the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, for instance) and endangered species that we scarcely see (from longhorn fairy shrimp to piping plovers). Yet no legislation has been tailored to protect a landscape that is perhaps the most vulnerable: the low-income communities that shelter most of America's polluting facilities.