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ERIC Number: ED558148
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Success Starts at Home: Using the Federal Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule to Tackle Education Inequalities for Minority Children
Wilson, Mitria
First Focus
Far too often, the question of how to improve educational outcomes for minority children living in the United States leads to familiar proposals involving school busing, educational vouchers, or the formation of mixed-community charter schools. The purpose of this report is to note that each of these shares a commonality that should not be ignored. More often than not, each involves an acceptance of the premise that transplanting minority children into worlds removed from their existing neighborhoods, in the hope that exposure to learning in a different community that is often comprised primarily of majority students, is the only way to produce the desired educational improvements. This proposal advances the idea that federal housing policy--specifically, the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUDS's) Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing mandate--should be used to make a good education available in every community. This proposal then recommends that HUD modify its recently proposed fair housing mandate to specifically identify funding inequality data as a basis for determining whether the quality of a neighborhood's school should be deemed a fair housing impediment. Finally, it suggests that schools seeking to remedy states and localities should develop solutions that generate investment in communities with less student spending in order to generate greater property tax revenue.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: First Focus