Capital Access for Low Income Communities in the Community Reinvestment Act

by Lisa Qi Access to capital helps to drive businesses and economic growth and makes housing affordable and consumer consumption more convenient.  However, low- and moderate-income communities, which are frequently populated by minority borrowers, suffer particular barriers in their access to capital.  For example, notable disparities persist among racial groups in homeownership rates and access…

A Plea to End the Highly Qualified Teacher Debate

by Kelly Field Trout After the recent rider allowing alternatively certified teachers to continue teaching through 2016 passed as part of the law that re-opened the government this fall, critics of alternative certification programs took to the blogosphere to re-launch a campaign to put these teachers out of work.  That rider clarified the definition of…

NYC Stop and Frisk and Racial Profiling

by David Park Rooted in the idea of liberty and the sanctity of personal property/effect, the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects individuals from unlawful search and seizure unless a warrant is issued upon a finding of probable cause that the object of the search will be found.  A 1968 decision by the…