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Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity Hosts Forum on Met Council's Fair Housing Equity Assessment
April 21, 2014
The Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity hosted a forum on the Met Council's Fair Housing Equity Assessment. Participants included residents of North Minneapolis, the Saint Paul NAACP, many diverse suburban officials and parent groups supporting integrated schools. KARE11 reported on the forum in a piece entitled "Low Income Units Along Green Line Questioned."

 

Study Shows Unequal Treatment of Twin Cities Communities of Color in Mortgage Lending Continues
April 9, 2014
A new study by the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity (IMO) at the University of Minnesota Law School shows that lack of access to credit continues to plague communities of color and low-income areas in the Twin Cities. Income differences alone do not explain the lending disparities. If the home loan portfolios of the region's banks simply reflected the actual distribution of homeowners and household incomes, more than 13,300 additional loans would have been made to diverse and majority non-white neighborhoods over the four years from 2009 to 2012 (a 55% increase). Nearly one-fourth of this shortfall is attributable to the region's largest lender, Wells Fargo Bank.

The study was cited by the following media:
KSTP-TV
Star Tribune

 

Report: Subsidized Housing Is Concentrated in Central Cities Despite Higher Costs, Few Benefits
February 7, 2014
A new report by the Institute of Metropolitan Opportunity at the Law School shows that a disproportionate share of the Twin Cities' publicly subsidized affordable housing is built in the two central cities, at high cost and with few quantifiable benefits for the region.

The study was cited by the following media:
Minnesota Public Radio
MinnPost
Pioneer Press
Star Tribune editorial

 

Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity Releases Study on Charter Schools
October 9, 2013
The Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity released "Charter Schools in the Twin Cities: 2013 Update," a new study showing that Twin Cities charter schools underperform traditional public schools and continue to be highly segregated by race and income.

The study was cited by the following media:
KARE 11
Minnesota Public Radio
MinnPost
Star Tribune
Star Tribune Editorial Board

 

Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity Releases Study on Racial Effects of Open Enrollment
January 11, 2013
The Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity released "Open Enrollment and Racial Segregation in the Twin Cities: 2000-2010," a new study providing evidence that Minnesota's open enrollment program increases racial segregation in area schools.

The study was cited by the following media:
Minnesota Public Radio
MinnPost
St. Cloud Times
Fridley Patch
Inver Grove Heights Patch

 

Fully Developed Suburbs Forum
November 15, 2012
On the Metropolitan Council's New Housing Plan, proposed amendments to the Minnesota Desegregation Rule, and efforts to better coordinate fair housing and school integration among cities and school districts.

Click here for Orfield Powerpoint
Click here to watch the "School Officials Panel"
Click here to watch the "City Officials Panel"

 

Study Finds Racially Diverse Suburban Communities Growing Faster than White Suburbs but Resegregation Threatens Prosperity and Stability
July 20, 2012
Racially diverse suburbs are growing faster than white suburbs, but resegregation threatens their prosperity and stability, according to a study entitled, "America's Racially Diverse Suburbs: Opportunities and Challenges," released this week by the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity at the University of Minnesota Law School.

The study was cited by the following national and local media:
National Journal Political Connections column
National Journal Demographics section
National Journal: "Metropolitan Diversity: Chicago, 2000-10"
USA Today
Bloomberg
BloombergBusinessweek
New York Times Economix Blog
Minnesota Public Radio
Pioneer Press
Star Tribune - Op-ed by Orfield
The Atlantic Cities
MinnPost (7-20-2012)
MinnPost (9-19-2012)
Wall Street Journal
Deadline Detroit
Oak Park Leaves
Science Blog
Science Codex
Kensington.Patch.com

 

Institute on Race and Poverty Takes New Name and Expands Research Areas
July 20, 2012
The University of Minnesota Law School's Institute on Race and Poverty, founded in 1993, has been renamed the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity to reflect its broadening research, announces Professor Myron Orfield, Institute Director since 2003.

 

Study Shows Charter Schools Still Lag Traditional Public Schools in Test Scores and Are Increasingly Segregated by Race and Income
February 24, 2012
A 2008 study by the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota Law School showed that after two decades of experience, most charter schools in the Twin Cities still underperformed comparable traditional public schools and were highly segregated by race and income. New work, which both updates and supplements the previous study with data collected in 2010-11, shows that although charter school enrollment growth has slowed, little else has changed in the three years since the original study was released. Charters still lag behind their traditional counterparts academically and remain more highly segregated by race and income.