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News & Events: September 2015

We have many exciting events taking place at the Center this fall, including a conference that will bring together researchers from several disciplines to discuss myriad aspects of the low-wage labor market.  We are also excited to announce an upcoming seminar by one of the country’s leading experts on the causes and consequences of housing eviction.  Check out our website for the latest research and policy briefs, and to find out about additional upcoming events.

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Upcoming Events

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Policy Briefs

Safety Linked to Reduced Truancy in High-poverty Schools
By Kevin Gee and Kelsey Krausen, UC Davis School of Education

Truancy in California is a pervasive problem that disproportionately impacts children in high-poverty schools. Our study examined how school safety and connectedness relate to truancy in California’s high-poverty middle and high schools.[1] We found that children who perceive their schools to be unsafe and feared being in fights were more likely to skip school.[2] Students who reported that they were more closely connected to their schools, particularly students who reported having a teacher or adult who cared about them, were more likely to attend. School-wide initiatives enhancing both school safety and connectedness may lead to improved school attendance at California’s most disadvantaged schools.

Reducing the Effects of Incarceration on Children and Families
By Angela Carter and Bill McCarthy, UC Davis

In 2010, an estimated 2.7 million children and one in nine African-American children had an incarcerated parent.[1] Incarceration creates challenges for inmates’ families. Resources that inmates had contributed are removed, while incarceration introduces new expenses. Children with incarcerated fathers have worse educational outcomes[2] and poorer mental health[3] than otherwise comparable children. Employment assistance and less restrictive visitation rules may mitigate the economic and emotional effects incarceration has on families.

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