Toledo Blade Daily Newspaper – News Story February 27, 2012
Featured expert: Jason Reece, research director at Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University.
… When families can’t move to neighborhoods with better opportunities, that harms the entire region, said Jason Reece, a senior researcher at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity at Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University.
“What is the societal cost of denying those folks their rights and keeping them in those [low opportunity] neighborhoods? Every bit of research in the last half century shows us that those kids are going to struggle … The societal cost to that is huge.” When vast numbers of children struggle in central-city neighborhoods and don’t receive a good education, “a place like Toledo is not going to be able to compete. And that’s not just the inner city’s problem. That is the region’s problem,” Mr. Reece said.