Impact of charter schools

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Achievement First, a network of public charter schools in five cities, is looking to expand its presence in Providence. A recent article, "Brown economist to help analyze potential impact of Achievement First expansion," highlights the role that Professor of Economics Justine Hastings will play as one of several experts to provide analysis to the Rhode Island Department of Education about the proposed expansion. Hastings has published extensively about school choice.

(Distributed December 1, 2016)

Climate change affects education

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Climate change can make it more difficult for some children to get to school, says a recent study co-authored by PSTC Alumna Heather Randell, now a postdoctoral fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center. In "Could Climate Change Keep Kids Out of School?" Randell addresses the issue of poor nutrition and child development stemming from adverse climatic conditions, as well as child labor needs and difficulty paying school fees for those affected by climate variability.

(Distributed November 29, 2016)

Opting out of fatherhood

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – In the case of unexpected pregnancy, women have the opportunity to opt out of parenthood through abortion. Men don't have that choice if the mother gives birth. "Should Men Be Able to Opt Out of Fatherhood?" references the work of Former PSTC Director and Professor Emerita of Sociology Frances Goldscheider, who was one of the first to propose "financial abortion," in which fathers would have the right to decline the legal rights and responsibilities of fatherhood. 
(Distributed November 28, 2016)

ADHD diagnosis detrimental in mild cases

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Sometimes the effects of an ADHD diagnosis have worse impacts than the actual disorder, says research co-authored by Assistant Professor of Sociology Jayanti Owens. "The Downside of an ADHD Diagnosis" (page 11) reports on the study, which finds that children who are diagnosed with mild ADHD scored lower in math and reading than their undiagnosed peers.
(Distributed November 22, 2016)

PSTC affiliates address development economics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] –The Northeast Universities Development Consortium (NEUDC) held its annual development economics conference at M.I.T. this month. More than a dozen PSTC affiliates were in attendance with 11 of them participating in the program as session chairs, paper presenters, discussants, and poster presenters. PSTC faculty, trainees, alumni, and visiting scholars presented their research on topics related to health, education, agriculture, and trade. 

(Distributed November 22, 2016)
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