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CURE affiliated Public Policy grad students cited in news article

“N.J. municipalities join forces to deal with vacant homes”

The role of Rutgers–Camden public policy students in helping to identify abandoned properties in Camden County was cited in this South Jersey section news story.

CURE affiliate scholar Stephen Danley quoted in local newspaper

The Victor: A tale of two cities

With its stained glass depiction of RCA’s Nipper trademark on its tower above the Camden Waterfront, the Victor Lofts apartment building is at once the most iconic building in the city — and the most ironic. Ironic because while the building preserves the architectural shell of the blue-collar industrial powerhouse that Camden once was, the residents of the Victor Lofts are unlike the rest of the poorest city in America, according to the U.S. Census.

Victor residents are, in fact, reflective of what some hope a future Camden might resemble: Middle-class and professional, affluent, better educated.

And in a minority city dominated by Hispanics and African-Americans, the large percentage of whites living in the Victor stands out like a snowstorm in July.

Resident Stephen Danley is a professor of public policy at nearby Rutgers University-Camden. He expected a certain amount of heat for moving into a building so different from the city where he lives, teaches, studies, and blogs — sometimes pointedly and sometimes about two of his fellow Victor Lofts residents, state Sen. Donald Norcross and Camden school Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard.

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CURE affiliated scholar Stephen Danley quoted in local newspaper

Critics question benefits of 76ers, Holtec projects in Camden

 When officials announced plans recently for a massive factory in Camden’s gritty port district, cheers erupted from an enthusiastic crowd of executives and elected officials.

But the reaction was more restrained from another group — academics and activists concerned over generous tax breaks for firms building in Camden.

Holtec International Inc., an Evesham firm that plans to make nuclear-power equipment in Camden, will receive $260 million in state aid under a deal approved this month by the state Economic Development Authority.

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Center Director Paul Jargowsky and CURE affiliated scholar Joan Maya Mazelis quoted in local newspaper

Report: N.J. kids’ health improving

 Despite the state’s rising poverty, the health and well-being of New Jersey’s children improved in several key areas over the past two decades, according to the 25th annual Kids Count report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

More children are attending preschool, fewer fourth-graders are failing reading tests, and more teens are graduating from high school.

More children are living in families where the head of household has earned at least a high school diploma, and the state’s educational achievement is second only to Massachusetts. Eight out of 10 3- and 4-year-olds in New Jersey’s highest-poverty districts are enrolled in high-quality preschools, according to the report.

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CURE affiliated scholar Joan Maya Mazelis explores sustainable ties among the poor in Philadelphia-based organization

Love Statue in Philadelphia

As Joan Maya Mazelis explains, researchers have long agreed that social ties matter.

Studies document two common realities for the poor – either they rely on a dense network of closely connected and supportive kin or, in the absence of such a network, establish fleeting, disposable ties with strangers, says the assistant professor of sociology at Rutgers University–Camden.

However, Mazelis argues, she has found evidence of yet another “in-between” category of support through social ties, a type of non-kin social tie with greater longevity than disposable ties. These bonds are based on a mutual understanding of support, often take on familial roles, and function according to set norms of reciprocity.

October 124, 2012 / Faculty and Staff Portraits / Photo by Bob Laramie

The researcher discovered the nature and depth of these sustainable ties through a comprehensive study on the Kensington Welfare Rights Union (KWRU), an organization based in the North Philadelphia neighborhood of Kensington. Mazelis documents her findings in a chapter titled “Social Ties Among the Poor in a Neoliberal Capitalist Society,”in the forthcoming Handbook of Poverty in the United States from Routledge Press. She is currently writing a book manuscript as well, titled Our Strength is in Our Unity: Sustainable Ties Among the Poor.

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CURE affiliated scholar Daniel Hart quoted in newspaper article regarding NJ teacher evaluations

Dr. Daniel Hart (professor II, CFAS-psychology and childhood studies and director, Institute for Effective Education) offered expert perspective on the potential impact of new teaching standards upon New Jersey educators during an interview that appeared in this front-page news story.