Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Yesterday I argued for a assigning some blame to social segregation in the mortgage-backed financial crisis. Today, I relate two other stories from the American scene that highlight the role of social segregation, which is often fostered by our exclusive land use laws. In a recent edition of the Atlantic Monthly, Any Waldman reported intelligently in popping popular narratives surrounding the “Jena Six” and racial politics in Louisiana; she reports on the racial gerrymandering that keeps most blacks in the area out of the city boundaries.
Another story, by Matt Miller, in the same issue argues that the leading federal education law, No Child Left Behind, has failed in large part by allowing individual states to set their own standards for achievement. His proposed solution? A uniform set of national standards, which would butt against both traditional conservative dislike of Washington-imposed solutions and liberal distrust of testing to assess educational quality. But a national system would help in the battle for spending and other forms of equality in our socially segregated school systems.
[Comments must be approved and thus take some time to appear online.]
This blog is an Amazon affiliate. Help support Land Use Prof Blog by making purchases through Amazon links on this site at no cost to you.
- Stephen R. Miller on Why are building inspectors so often on the take?
- Josh Hightree on What makes people leave rural areas, and what makes them stay
- Jessica Shoemaker on What makes people leave rural areas, and what makes them stay
- Jamie Baker Roskie on Why are building inspectors so often on the take?
- Stephen R. Miller on What makes people leave rural areas, and what makes them stay
- March 4-6: Stanford 2015 Rural West Conference: Preservation and Transformation: The Future of the Rural West
- March 3 - J.B. Ruhl to deliver Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy at U Louisville Law
- Is this blog post "advertising"? California's bar proposes bright-line rule for regulating attorney blogs
- Two upcoming RMMLF events: 61st Annual Institute (July 16-18 in Anchorage) and 17th Institute for Natural Resources Law Teachers (May 27-29 at Utah Law)
- First Principles for Regulating the Sharing Economy