Researching Public Law and Public Policy in the Public Interest

Publications

According to the latest United Way of Northern New Jersey ALICE Report, 1.2 million households in New Jersey are unable to afford the state’s high cost of living. That number includes those living in poverty and the population called ALICE, which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained,Employed. The ALICE study provides county-by-county and town-level data; cost of living calculations for six family size variations; analysis of how many households are living paycheck to paycheck; and the implications for New Jersey’s future economic stability
Since the economic collapse of 2008, American citizens have grown increasingly skeptical of their government’s ability to pass socially and economically beneficial legislation. Over the last three years, lower-level governments have attempted to limit, or usurp, the power of their superior governmental entities by attempting to pass legislation that either modifies the enactments of their federal and state-level counterparts, or, is expressly contrary to it. CLiME has investigated the phenomenon of innovative exercises of government authority, and has developed a hypothesis as to why municipalities, cities and states seem to be legislating on issues typically reserved to higher governmental authority.
We are witnessing a nationwide return of concentrated poverty that is racial in nature. This report finds that high-poverty ghettos and barrios are the inevitable and predictable consequences of deliberate policy choices.
The Center on Law in Metropolitan Equity (CLiME) has generated mappings of the child poverty concentration in Detroit, by race and ethnicity, for the years 2000 and 1990.
Out of the 12 million single-parent families in the United States, the vast majority—more than 80 percent—are headed by women. These households are more likely than any other demographic group to fall below the poverty line. In fact, census data shows that roughly 40 percent of single-mother-headed families are poor. Why? Experts point to weak social-safety nets, inadequate child support, and low levels of education, among other factors.
Responding to concerns that the conditions in black, lower-income neighborhoods contributed to the problems that sparked the unrest after Mr. Brown’s death, the Ferguson Commission, convened by Gov. Jay Nixon, recently proposed measures to promote more integrated housing, including vigorously enforcing fair housing laws to reduce discriminatory lending practices.
Repeated exposure to traumatic events during childhood can have dramatic and long-lasting effects. During the past 20 years, there has been an enormous increase in our understanding of how being repeatedly traumatized by violence affects the growth and development of preadolescent children, especially when such traumatized children lack a nurturing and protective parental figure that might mitigate the impact of the trauma. In this paper, the author summarizes the current understanding of the effects of ongoing trauma on young children, how these effects impair adolescent and young adult functioning, and the possible implications of this for policing.
Twice spurned by voters asked to approve building expansions, the Freehold Borough district — separate from neighboring Freehold Township — has reached a tipping point at nearly 500 students over capacity across its three schools. In a move supported by scores of parents who say they can't vote because they're not U.S. citizens, the borough's board of education is asking the state education commissioner to make the rare decision to overrule a local referendum and give the district permission to secure a nearly $33 million bond for expansion.
A federal lawsuit alleges that the Compton, California, school district failed to support kids who experience emotional stress.
New evidence on the impacts of MTO on children’s long-term outcomes, including improved college attendance rates and earnings.

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