Are Charter Schools in N.C. Making Segregation Worse?

November 29, 2016

Charter schools in North Carolina are more segregated than public schools and, on average, do not outperform them, according to a study authored by Center faculty fellows Helen Ladd, Charles Clotfelter and John Holbein, a postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton University. “Our findings indicate that charter schools in North Carolina are increasingly serving the interests of relatively able white students in racially imbalanced schools,” the researchers write.

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Do School Turnarounds Work?

November 23, 2016

Nearly 20 low-performing North Carolina schools will receive about $40 million in federal funds for school turnaround plans to improve student outcomes. Research is mixed on whether such plans work, with Center Faculty Fellow Helen Ladd previously found such plans had a negative effect on state elementary and middle schools.


The Surprising News About Shotgun Marriages

November 22, 2016

The term “shotgun marriage” has fallen by the wayside, but a study by three Center faculty members found that many people are still getting married during a pregnancy. While shotgun marriages have faded in popularity overall, they are on the rise among black women, younger women and those with less education. The researchers also found those marriages to be relatively stable.

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Darity: Trump’s Economic Plan No Answer to Black, White Wealth Gap

William (Sandy) Darity November 21, 2016

The wealth discrepancy between black and white Americans won’t change without systemic policy changes and that’s not likely to occur under President-elect Donald Trump, says Center Faculty Fellow William Darity Jr. “If anything, the types of intensively pro-business policies the Trump administration has suggested will be among their priorities will, at best, leave wealth gaps largely unchanged. At worst, they will widen the gaps,” he said.

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Op-Eds: Early Childhood Programs in N.C. Are Worth the Investment

November 18, 2016

Research from the Center shows that children in North Carolina greatly benefited from Smart Start and NC Pre-K, with gains lasting through the end of elementary school. The research highlights the need for the N.C. General Assembly to invest in early childhood initiatives. “These programs in North Carolina are having the impact they were intended to have,” said Center Director Ken Dodge. “These are investments worth making.”

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Study: Temporary Gun Removal Law in Conn. Prevented Suicides

November 17, 2016

One suicide was prevented for every 10 to 20 guns seized under a Connecticut law that allowed police to temporarily remove guns from potentially violent or suicidal people, according to research by Center Faculty Fellow Jeffrey Swanson. “We’d like to put this information in the hands of the policy makers so they know what’s hanging in the balance of risk and rights when it comes to preventing gun violence,” he said.

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Early Childhood Spending Benefits in N.C. Don’t Fade Away, Study Finds

November 17, 2016

North Carolina’s investment in the Smart Start and More at Four programs resulted in higher test scores, less grade retention and fewer special education placements through fifth grade, new research from the Center finds. The research found the programs’ benefits did not fade with time, as in some early childhood intervention programs. Instead, the positive effects grew or held steady.

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Creating a Bridge Between Researchers and Schools

Beth Gifford, Duke University November 17, 2016

Beth Gifford, a Center research scientist who heads the Durham Children’s Data Center, participated in a symposium on how research partnerships between schools and universities can benefit children by providing data to help address problems or to determine if programs are getting intended results.

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Florida Homicide Rates Increase after ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law

Jeffrey Swanson, Duke University November 14, 2016

Florida homicide rates increased after the adoption of a “stand your ground” law in 2005, according to new research. Researchers found homicides increased 24 percent and homicide by firearms increased 32 percent. Center Faculty Fellow Jeffrey Swanson, who was not involved in the research, said supporters of the law argue it increases safety, but “what we’re seeing here empirically is exactly the opposite.”


Obesity Risk Higher for Children in Rural Counties, High-Poverty Schools

November 10, 2016

North Carolina children who live in rural counties or attend high-poverty schools are more likely to be obese, according to a study co-authored by Center Research Analyst Joy Piontak. Students living in a rural county were 1.25 times more likely to be obese than their urban counterparts. Researchers also found that a student who attends a high-poverty school is 1.5 times more likely to be obese than a student attending a low-poverty school.

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