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Philip Tegeler
Philip Tegeler is executive director of the Policy & Race Research Action Council, a civil rights policy organization based in Washington, D.C. For more information about PRRAC, please go to

Entries by Philip Tegeler

Memo to Department of Education: Diverse Classrooms Create a Better America

(33) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 4:50 PM

The value of integrated schools was hotly debated in the 60s and 70s, as federal courts forced many urban school districts to desegregate their classrooms. Today, with our schools more segregated than they were in the 1980s, the interest in integrated education is heating up again, as evidence mounts that...

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New Report Demonstrates Persistence of Housing Discrimination But Understates the True Extent of It

(3) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 4:22 PM

A major new study on housing discrimination released this week by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) shows persistent discrimination in sales and rental markets against Latinos, Asians and African Americans.

Employing a "paired testing" methodology, researchers compared the treatment of white and minority...

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Good News and Serious Challenges in Brookings Report on Suburban Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 5:26 PM

The powerful new book from Brookings, Confronting Suburban Poverty in America, shows how family poverty has spread beyond its traditional geographic boundaries, and how our institutions and policies need to adapt to this new reality.

As the report points out, more poor people now live in...

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HUD Salutes Low-income Families Moving to Opportunity

(2) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 2:16 PM

A very classy gesture: To kick off its month-long celebration of "Fair Housing Month," the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) invited four women who have benefited from a recently settled class action housing desegregation case against HUD to share their experiences before a large audience in the...

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Housing Affordability and Race: A Civil Rights Issue?

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 4:31 PM

Every year, the National Low Income Housing Coalition releases its "Out of Reach" study, which analyzes the ability of low-income renters to afford decent housing. This year, the study found that a full-time worker in the U.S. must earn $18.79 per hour to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment...

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New Fair Housing Rule at HUD Signals Renewed Commitment to Civil Rights in President Obama's Second Term

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 4:53 PM

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's release of the long-delayed "disparate impact" rule last week did not break any new legal ground, but it may signal a new resolve on the part of HUD leadership to more directly confront the agency's legacy of segregation during the Obama Administration's...

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HUD Transportation Policy May Inadvertently Fuel Residential Segregation

(3) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 9:35 AM

In communities across the country, residential segregation is often sustained by metropolitan transportation systems that contribute to the segregated housing patterns, particularly in older cities. Now, these flawed transportation systems may be influencing where the government provides housing for low-income and minority families.

For years, communities with high tax bases...

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Diverse Classrooms Also Benefit White Students

(8) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 3:34 PM

Fueled by a widening wealth gap between whites and minorities and racially stratified neighborhoods, public schools in the United States have grown more segregated today than they were in the 1970s.

As much as a third of African American students currently attend schools that are more than 90 percent black,...

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Housing Choice Vouchers Don't Lead to Better Education

(2) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 11:51 AM

WASHINGTON -- Over the last two decades, federal housing policy has often asserted housing choice as a goal -- to help low-income families move to neighborhoods and communities that are safer, healthier and provide better educational opportunities for their children.

But a new study, "Do Federally Assisted Households...

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