Research & Studies

New Study Finds That Property Tax Rates Unfairly Burden Black Homeowners

A new study by Christopher Berry, the William J. and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, finds that low-income families face far higher property tax rates than high-income families. The reason is differences in assessment rates between low-income and high-income neighborhoods. Professor Berry found that assessment levels are significantly higher for properties located …

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Study Finds Black Access to Healthcare Lags in States That Show a High Level of Structural Racism

A new study led by researchers at North Carolina State University finds that states that exhibit higher levels of systemic racism also have pronounced racial disparities regarding access to health care. The authors used publicly available state-level data from the Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Justice to create an index of state-level racial disparities that …

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New Survey Shows the Extent of Teacher Training to Serve a Diverse Student Body

Preservice coursework, or courses completed before a teacher’s first year of teaching, is important for teacher preparation and training. It helps new teachers meet the needs of every student. One focus of teacher preparation reform over the last two decades has been about helping teachers meet the needs of increasingly diverse student populations. A new report from …

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Hate Crimes Continue to Plague College and University Campuses

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education offers a detailed look at crime and safety at the nation’s schools and on college and university campuses. Data is presented on a wide range of indicators including hate crimes on college and university campuses. In 2018, of the more than 34,000 criminal incidents that occurred on the campuses …

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New Report Shows That Black Women Have a Wider Pay Gap With Men Than White Women

A new report from the American Association of University Women examines how the gender pay gap is even more pronounced for women of color. History has created systems that funnel women — especially women of color — into lower-paying occupations, undervalue the work that women do, and penalize women for having children, according to the report. In 2019, men had a …

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Black Urban Areas Are Much Hotter Than White City Neighborhoods in the Summer

New research from the University of California San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy finds that low-income neighborhoods and communities with higher Black, Hispanic, and Asian populations experience significantly more urban heat than wealthier neighborhoods. Researchers analyzed temperature data on 1,056 U.S. counties, which have 10 or more census districts. The authors were able to analyze …

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The Huge Racial Disparity in Passage Rates on the Architect Registration Examination

Of the more than 100,000 licensed architects in the United States, only 2 percent are African Americans. The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has published new data to help inform essential discussions about equity, diversity, and inclusion in the profession. For the first time, the NCARB has provided data on passage rates for …

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Black Heart Attack Victims Who Live In High-Poverty Areas Are Less Likely to Survive Five Years

A new study by researchers at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center finds that the neighborhood where you live may play a significant role in your chances of survival after suffering from a heart attack. The researchers analyzed records from 31,275 patients who were treated for a heart attack in a Kaiser Permanente hospital in Southern …

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Marketing Efforts of For-Profit Colleges Disproportionately Target Black Communities

A new study by the Student Borrower Protection Center finds that predatory for-profit schools are disproportionately targeting communities of color. The report plots the location of for-profit schools in cities across the Midwest, showing how these institutions often cluster in certain areas to exploit borrowers of color by offering programs of dubious value financed by …

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Will Urban Gentrification Lead to More Integrated Public Schools?

A new study from the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education at Teachers College of Columbia University, authored by Kfir Mordechay of Pepperdine University and Jennifer Ayscue of North Carolina State University, offers hope that public school education in urban areas may be trending toward increased racial integration. The analysis found that some schools in the New York City …

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