The Wonk Salon, August 5, 2011

What Works and What Doesn’t in the War against Obesity
Rand Corporation

Preventing obesity will save lives and money, but doing so is easier said than done. Ever hear of the idea about putting  more supermarkets in poor areas to provide more fresh food? Probably won’t work.

How Rhode Island Pulled Off School Funding Reform
Center for American Progress
It isn’t easy reforming something that controls as much money as statewide school funding formulas but Rhode Island managed to do it.

Measuring Equity in School Funding
Center for American Progress
States should embrace metrics that reveal the disparities in state funding between wealth jurisdictions and poor ones.

The New Geography of Nativity and Disadvantage
Brookings Institution
Hey, it looks like immigrants and poverty are following all those white people into the suburbs!

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3 responses to “The Wonk Salon, August 5, 2011”

  1. Darrell Avatar

    Immigration and Poverty in America’s Suburbs?

    The perfect place to see immigration, poverty or not, is in NoVa. I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason our politicians don’t seem to be in touch with the citizenry is because no one in NoVa speaks English.

    A simple 20 minute meal at a NoVa mall food court encountered French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Slavic, Arabic, Swahili, Hindi, Punjabi, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Tagalog speaking people, all who seemed to prefer lining up at Panda Express. Same thing riding Metro, walking the museums, and even in a Jewish deli run by Koreans on Penn. Ave. Almost every day I hear or read where Americans don’t want the nation to turn into Europe. Too Bad, we already are.

    As for poor immigrants moving to the suburbs, it’s really no surprise. All the poor have been moving because of gentrification. They will keep on moving as banks like BoA begin to bulldoze the inner city instead of selling off their holdings, creating highly profitable redevelopment tracts for elitist urbanization. Peons and serfs need not apply.

  2. And very few Americans seem to speak any other languages.

    Koreans have taken over annandale, and these folks live in some very nice houses.

    Darrell, I don’t get your point. I met a Pakistani who spoke Spanish with a British AC enter. I asked him how that happened and he said his parents were guest workers in south Africa and later emigrated to Britain, where he went to school. But what about the Spanish, I asked.

    — Oh, I learned that because it is good for business.

    Wanna know why the American businesses mostly moved out of annadale? Could not speak the language.

  3. I still don’t understand why they say 1/3 of the school kids are obese and another 1/3 need subsidized lunches….and breakfasts….

    and if kids receive subsidized lunches and breakfasts and the parents receive food stamps.. why do we have Charity Food operations?

    “Hunger is America” is an odd phrase when one looks out on most gatherings of people and survey the pork on hoof… aspect of the crowd.

    it’s things like this that make phrases like ” we starving but we are fat and we can’t help it” gather currency…. We have just such a cacophony on many issues with folks shouting all manner of competing and contradictory messages.

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