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Next CURE seminar: Thursday, May 8, 2014 !

Please join us for our next seminar and book signing event:

 “Choosing Homes, Choosing Schools: New Research on How Parents Think about Key Life Decisions” 



A series of policy shifts over the past decade promises to change how Americans decide where to send their children to school. In theory, the expanded use of standardized test scores and the boom in charter schools will allow parents to evaluate their assigned neighborhood school, or move in search of a better option. But what kind of data do parents actually use while choosing schools? Are there differences among suburban and urban families? How do parents’ choices influence school and residential segregation? The chapters in Choosing Homes, Choosing Schools, a new edited volume by Annette Lareau and Kimberly Goyettepresent a breakthrough analysis of the new era of school choice, and what it portends for American neighborhoods. The distinguished contributors to Choosing Homes, Choosing Schools investigate the complex relationships among education, neighborhood social networks, and larger patterns of inequality. 

For this presentation, Kimberly Goyette will provide the context for research that explores the intersections of residential and school segregation, home choices, and schooling decisions.  She will also briefly describe some of the main findings of the book and the ways that these choices differ across region, urban and surburban locations, and family demographic characteristics,  Annette Lareau will present in-depth the research from her chapter, which draws on interviews with parents in three suburban neighborhoods to analyze school-choice decisions. Surprisingly, she finds that middle- and upper-class parents do not rely on active research, such as school tours or test scores. Instead, their decision-making was largely informal and passive, with most simply trusting advice from friends and others in their network.

Little previous research has explored what role school concerns play in the preferences of white and minority parents for particular neighborhoods, and how the racial and economic makeup of both neighborhoods and schools mutually reinforce each other. Choosing Homes, Choosing Schools adroitly addresses this gap and provides a firmer understanding of how Americans choose where to live and send their children to school.



Annette Lareau, Ph. D.  
Kim Goyette, Ph.D.
Stanley I. Sheerr Professor  
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
Department of Sociology
University of Pennsylvania
Temple University


 Thursday, May 8, 2014 – 12:15pm

Armitage Hall, 3rd floor, Faculty Lounge

 Lunch will be provided

(Books will be available for purchase)


CURE seminars are free and open to the public.  No registration is required. 
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Center Director Paul Jargowsky spoke at the Economic Policy Institute

Neighborhoods with Concentrated Poverty

Economic Policy Institute

Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (EDT)
Washington, DC

EPI and The Century Foundation present a discussion of Sharkey and Jargowsky’s work on neighborhoods with concentrated poverty with Ta-Nehisi Coates of the Atlantic and Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP.


Richard Rothstein, Research Associate of the Economic Policy Institute

Patrick Sharkey, Associate Professor of Sociology, New York University and author of Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress Toward Racial Equality.

Paul Jargowsky, Professor of Public Policy, Rutgers University and author of Concentration of Poverty in the New Millennium and Century Foundation fellow

Ta-Nehisi Coates,  national correspondent at The Atlantic, author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle
Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

For an update on the concentration of poverty, please visit TCF’s / Paul Jargowsky’s blog.

Rutgers-Camden honor student Brian K. Everett blogs about NJ poverty

1240137_10151663804963715_274068980_nNJ Poverty Reality is designed to be an ongoing analysis of the true magnitude of poverty in New Jersey. All of my conclusions from my continuous research are published on this page as they occur. It’s main purpose serves to be an online reference point for myself, as well as a way for my peers and mentors to offer feedback. This page has also been created in hopes of shedding light on the issue to those who normally reject the true reality that exists in the Garden State.

Congratulations to our affiliated scholar Lori Minnite

We are very happy to announce that our affiliated scholar and colleague Lori Minnite has been reappointed Associate Professor with tenure.  

Congrats, Lori!!!!!

Conference – Reinventing Older Communities: Bridging Growth & Opportunity

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Reinventing Older Communities: Bridging Growth & Opportunity

May 12–14, 2014

How can communities promote economic growth in ways that benefit all residents? Learn what the experts have to say. Sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, this biennial national conference will be held May 12–14, 2014, at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. Check out the full agenda and register today. 

To follow us on Twitter and get conference updates, use @philfedcomdev  #Reinvent2014.

Ten Ph.D. Students in Public Affairs Present Research Papers at Urban Affairs Association Conference

In Rutgers University–Camden’s interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in public affairs, students learn that community development takes place at the intersections of increasingly complex and globalized economic, political, legal, and social systems.

A testament to this comprehensive approach, 10 Ph.D. students in public affairs are making research presentations – each unique in its focus on policies and practices – at the 44th annual conference of the Urban Affairs Association, held from March 19 to 22 in San Antonio.

“I am very proud of the accomplishments of the Ph.D. students and their contributions to urban-affairs research,” says Marie Chevrier, chair of the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers–Camden and head of the Ph.D. program.

It is a remarkable achievement for a relatively new program, and an impressive accomplishment for the university, adds Paul Jargowsky, director of the Center for Urban Research and Education at Rutgers–Camden.

To read more, please visit