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Seminar Examines Communities’ Influence on the Opportunity Gap

The Saguaro Seminar

In the Communities chapter of Closing the Opportunity Gap, Patrick Sharkey, Robert D. Putnam and Margery Turner detail a conversation between various experts on economic segregation and the opportunity gap that results from this spatial separation.

The group noted that unlike in decades prior, affluent and lower-income families no longer live in the same communities and their children no longer attend the same schools. This economic segregation has created huge disparities in quality of schools, diversity of peers / mentors, available employment opportunities, etc.

The group developed several recommendations to narrow the opportunity gap including the development of affordable housing in high resource areas, investment in high quality schools within low-income communities, removal of barriers to supportive institutions (e.g., mentoring programs) for low-income students, etc.

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