November 3, 2012

MetroTrends Week in Review

November 3, 2012

The MetroTrends blog had just two posts this week, due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Our best wishes are with everyone affected by the storm. Next week we will be back in full force with new posts about the election and about the public policy that will inform the next Presidential administration.

This week:

  • Julia Isaacs provided an interactive map and enlightening analysis about the doubling of food stamp use over the last five years. What is the right way to look at and assess that growth?
  • Akiva Liberman wrote about a recent pilot study to reduce truancy rates in Washington, DC. The study’s results were mixed and raised more fundamental questions about school reform.

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