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PRRAC Update March 31, 2011

Welcome to the PRRAC Update! Every other Thursday, PRRAC sends out a brief digest of news, recent publications, and other points of interest related to our work in housing, education, and health. We welcome feedback and encourage you to forward to others. To join the PRRAC email list, click here.

Reconciling smart growth and fair housing

What is the impact of including transportation costs in siting policy for low income housing? What other factors should be included? PRRAC Executive Director Phil Tegeler and Scott Bernstein from the Center on Neighborhood Technology participate in an interesting point-counterpoint in the latest issue of Shelterforce magazine.

Civil rights considerations in school closure policy

PRRAC was recently a presenter at a meeting of the Ford Secondary Education and Racial Justice Collaborative on school closures. Several school districts have begun using school closure as a reform strategy in response to federal pressure and decreasing enrollments. PRRAC presented at a session entitled, "Connecting the Dots: The Implications of School Closings and Student Assignment for Integration, Equity, and Community Involvement (The Case of Boston)," that included much of the ongoing work of the National Coalition on School Diversity (

Other news and resources:

"Honoring the Women of the Civil Rights Movement," a compelling blog post from PRRAC Board member Dennis Parker, director of the ACLU Racial Justice Program, from a recent ACLU on-line symposium on Women's History Month.

Read the new issue of Poverty & Race: articles on juvenile justice reform, the impact of foreclosures on children's education, and the latest developments in New Jersey's 40-year struggle against exclusionary zoning.

More reflections on the 2010 census: "A Dream Still Deferred," a New York Times op-ed on continuing segregation in Detroit, by Thomas Sugrue, and maps of "The 10 most segregated urban areas in America" from

The National Coalition on School Diversity is now publishing a monthly e-newsletter - if you want to subscribe, click here.

Nominations open for Southern Poverty Law Center Award: The Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance program is seeking nominations for a new award that will honor educators who excel at teaching students from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Five winners will be selected to receive $1,000 at an awards ceremony in Washington in late 2011. Teachers are invited to apply for the award at The deadline for applications is June 1.

Philip Tegeler

Saba Bireda

Poverty & Race Research Action Council

Washington, DC

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