Researching Public Law and Public Policy in the Public Interest
Declining incomes herald a shrinking middle class
The Rutgers University School of Law in Newark, NJ
This map of affordable housing transfers in New Jersey shows a geography of opportunity.
When President Obama visited the Rutgers Law School on November 2nd, it represented the startling achievement of two dream-like goals. First was the sheer specter of the occasion—seeing our president suddenly in our home, flanked by new flags and the familiar bars that adorn our atrium’s spiral stairs. Second was the occasion itself: to meet in a roundtable with formerly incarcerated persons and then to deliver a speech intended to reverse—by executive order—one of the single greatest public policy failures in American history.
Since the achievement gap has been utilized to justify a plethora of reforms, it is critical to re-analyze our understanding of the phenomenon, as well as our understanding of educational equity in a broader sense. This paper studies the way that equity has been conceptualized within the education system, including how the achievement gap has been defined, measured, and addressed by practitioners and researchers, ultimately examining strengths and limitations, with implications for more effective ways of addressing the issue.

From the Director

In this season of anniversaries, no two are more stark in their parallels than Ferguson a year after the shooting of Michael Brown and New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina.

Guest Analysis

Multiple adverse events linked to poorer concentration and more aggression, Rutgers researchers find.

Issues in Equity

Noteworthy Initiatives

We are witnessing a nationwide return of concentrated poverty that is racial in nature. This report finds that high-poverty ghettos and barrios are the inevitable and predictable consequences of deliberate policy choices.
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