5 resources to report race, wealth & education this week + a map of the Zika outbreak

News. Several big stories last week about the 20 years since welfare reform. And how it changed American poverty – in 9 charts. Low-income children fare better in New Hampshire than elsewhere in the U.S., a new study says. Plus, several great city-specific stories: New York City’s separate and unequal neighborhoods, Seattle’s defense against housing discrimination, and an Arizona county where no insurer wants to sell Affordable Care Act plans.
5 resources this week:
  • Nearly half of U.S. blacks say they were treated unfairly in the past 30 days, Gallup says. The numbers are similar to those in the past few years. However, now whites are more likely to think their community discriminates.
  • Does the Head Start program actually help children? A Brookings analysis looks at long-term education goals/outcomes, behavioral outcomes and benefits to minorities. What do you see in your community?
  • The Census Bureau’s first Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs will go under embargo for reporters next week. You’ll find stats about gender, race, ethnicity and veteran status. Check the numbers Tuesday before they go public on Thursday.
  • Family wealth grew at significantly different rates for different U.S. demographics from 1989 to 2013, says the Congressional Budget Office. That makes sense. What do you see for the top 10 percent? Major growth. Bottom 50? Little change – and major debt.
  • New launch:Mobility Works” is a new group of housing mobility experts and researchers who will help housing agencies and nonprofits develop housing mobility programs. The Poverty & Race Research Action Council recently announced the new project and dished the details about what to expect. Is mobility a concern in your community? Look to them as potential sources.
Final thoughts. This is somewhat related to covering poverty but certainly related to breaking news and covering health this week. Kaiser Health News released an updated infographic and map about the Zika virus. It explains key facts about the virus and tracks the growing number of countries reporting local transmission. How are U.S. and other government agencies responding, and who is being affected?
Carefully curating for you,
Carolyn Crist

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