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ERIC Number: ED538400
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 80
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Finding Common Ground: Coordinating Housing and Education Policy to Promote Integration
Tegeler, Philip, Ed.
Poverty & Race Research Action Council (NJ1)
The powerful, reciprocal connection between school and housing segregation has long been recognized. The housing-school link was a key element in both the 1968 Kerner Commission Report and in the legislative history of the Fair Housing Act. The relation of school and housing segregation was also explored in a series of school desegregation cases beginning in the 1970s. Yet in spite of Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) duty to "affirmatively further fair housing," and the parallel "compelling government interest" in the reduction of school segregation, there have been few examples of effective coordination between housing and school policy in the intervening years. Instead, for most of the past 40 years, efforts to promote housing and school integration have proceeded along separate tracks. This report grew out of a "Research and Policy Roundtable" discussion sponsored by PRRAC in February 2011 that included leadership and staff from several divisions at Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Education, along with representatives from the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice. In the six months since the roundtable concluded, HUD and USDOE have made some progress in linking school and housing integration policy, but much more needs to be done, and hopefully this report will continue this important dialogue. This report is divided into four main parts: (1) The "Reciprocal Relationship" Between Integrated Housing and Education; (2) The Housing Voucher Program as a Bridge to Better Schools; (3) Sustainable Communities and Choice Neighborhoods: Coordinating Schools, Housing and Transportation Planning in Support of Racial and Economic Integration; and (4) Conclusion and Policy Recommendations. Each part contains related articles. Each article contains figures, tables and endnotes.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Poverty and Race Research Action Council (PRRAC)