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  • Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity

    Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity Releases Report on Charter School Segregation and Performance

    February 9, 2017

    A new report from the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity at the University of Minnesota Law School describes how charter schools are worsening segregation and failing to achieve consistent academic improvement.

  • Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity

    IMO Study Addresses Gentrification in the Twin Cities

    January 14, 2016

    Study shows little to no evidence of gentrification in any of the neighborhoods in Minneapolis and St. Paul that are logical candidates for such change. Many, in fact, show signs of decline, implying that public policies should be designed to prevent continuing cycles of decline rather than gentrification.

  • Professor Myron Orfield

    SCOTUS Cites Brief Co-Authored by Prof. Myron Orfield in Fair Housing Ruling

    June 26, 2015

    In a decision issued yesterday in the case of Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the availability of a “disparate impact” cause of action arising under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). In writing the opinion for the 5-4 majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy cited a brief written by Professor Myron Orfield and other housing scholars; the brief described the history of housing segregation in the United States that led to the passage of the FHA in 1968. Orfield and the Law School’s Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity, of which he is the director, were involved in the case from its inception, preparing and analyzing data and doing legal research for the plaintiff, the nonprofit Inclusive Communities Project of Texas.

  • Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity

    IMO Study Shows Chicago Charter Schools Underperform their Traditional Counterparts

    October 13, 2014

    A new study by the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity (IMO) at the University of Minnesota Law School showed that charter schools in Chicago underperform comparable traditional public schools and are more highly segregated by race. The analysis used comprehensive data for Chicago schools in 2012-13 and controlled for the mix of students and other challenges faced by individual schools.

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