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News & Events: August 2013

We are looking forward to the Fall semester! Make sure to check out our new Policy Briefs on the impact of early life events on children, what difference small class size makes, and who uses school vouchers.

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Policy Briefs

Small Class Sizes Yield Higher Test Scores Among Young Children
Marianne Page, UC Davis; and Erika Jackson, University of California Office of the President

Smaller classes help students, many argue, especially those most “at risk.” Research shows that on average this is true. However, when “risk” is defined beyond ethnicity or socioeconomic status, the picture of who most benefits becomes less clear.

Private Schools & Public Options Help Predict Which Families Use Vouchers
By Cassandra M.D. Hart, UC Davis

Research suggests that violence and low academic performance in public schools play a big role in a family’s decision to use state-funded vouchers to send their children to a private school. However, little research has considered the impact of nearby private and public school markets.

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Meet Our Researchers


Jacob Hibel
Associate Professor of Sociology and Deputy Director, Center for Poverty & Inequality Reseach

Jacob Hibel received his degree in Sociology and Demography from Pennsylvania State University in 2009. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of childhood educational inequalities, including those related to poverty, disability, race/ethnicity, immigrant generation status, and spatial segregation.

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