12.02.2007

ECONOMIC MOBILITY

A very well-done set of papers by Pew Charitable Trusts on the topic of economic mobility, as part of its Economic Mobility Project. It confirms for me that education is the most important and most effective resource to redistribute if we are concerned with inequality of opportunity.

On that note, a nice albeit ill-titled article by the Inquirer today re: affordable housing for teachers in New York City: A Housing Project for NYC Educators." When you start at $42,000 a year and can't find even a one-bedroom for less than two G's a month, that's a hard on-ramp for even the most bright-eyed idealist. If we're looking to teachers to make our schools better, and to our schools to give the hardest off among us a fighting chance at upward mobility, we should figure out some effective policy mechanisms for making sure we can get and keep good teachers.
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