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Twin Cities Studies and Data

Charter Schools in the Twin Cities: 2013 Update (2013)

This report uses 2012-13 data and shows that charters are still much more likely to be segregated than their traditional counterparts.
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Update of IRP's 2008 Report on Charter Schools in the Twin Cities (2012)

This report updates the data underlying the 2008 report entitled Failed Promises: Assessing Charter Schools in the Twin Cities.
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Regional Strategies to Integrate Twin Cities Schools and Neighborhoods (2009)

This combination policy brief and research paper shows a close relationship between segregation in schools and neighborhoods and argues that policy reform for schools and housing must be closely related and regionally coordinated.
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The Choice is Ours: Expanding Educational Opportunity for all Twin Cities Children (2007)

This IRP report reveals the disturbing extent of school segregation in the Twin Cities region. However, the authors envision a brighter future if an already successful school choice program is expanded. The report describes how economic and racial segregation harm children and the region.
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Achievement Gap Committee Hearing (2007)

IRP Executive Director Myron Orfield provided testimony at the September 24, 2007, Achievement Gap Committee hearing, sponsored by Senator Patricia Ray Torres.
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Failed Promises: Assessing Charter Schools in the Twin Cities (2008)

This report documents that charter schools lag behind traditional public schools and intensify racial and economic segregation in the Twin Cities.
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Expanding Educational Opportunity Through School and Housing Choice (2008)

This research paper details the prevalence of segregation in many Twin Cities schools.
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Twin Cities Opportunity Index (2007)

This analysis of municipalities in the Twin Cities metropolitan area shows variations in access to opportunity. The index combines 24 local characteristics measuring fiscal health, jobs/transportation, quality of life and education.
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School and Housing Demographics in the Twin Cities (2012)

This presentation documents change in Twin Cities schools and neighborhoods.
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Maps and charts of Eden Prairie school characteristics (2011)

Socio-economic trends in Eden Prairie elementary schools are shown in these documents.
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Housing and Schools on the University LRT Corridor (2011)

This Powerpoint presentation shows socio-economic characteristics of the University Avenue light-rail corridor in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
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St. Paul Demographics and Schools (2012)

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Choice, Equal Protection and Metropolitan Integration (2006)

This article, published in the Fordham Urban Law Journal, recommends that land use and housing policies be marshaled to reduce residential racial segregation and concentrated poverty. Such policies should be statewide, or at least regional, in scope. Isolated policies encourage leap-frog development that in turn promotes both sprawl and racial segregation. It also argues that state legislatures must adopt coordinated policy approaches, using Oregon's comprehensive land use legislation as an example of policies that effectively promote affordable housing and decrease urban sprawl.
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