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Victoria Wilson

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Plymouth, MN
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Posted on 04/04/14 at 08:55 am in response to Let's acknowledge minority parents' involvement in children's schooling

Thank you for providing the link to this data. I am curious as to why they do not indicate or did not collect how the subject child is doing in school. To me the cornerstone piece of information is the correlation between parental involvement and student performance.

Posted on 03/28/14 at 07:35 pm in response to At MPS, data on teachers raise resource-equity questions

The inputs of a public education have always been assumed to be the brick and mortar structure, materials books and testing, and the teachers that earn a wage for forty hours a week of work. But as the other commentators have noted there are many other factors that contribute to the successful education of children.

Say for instance that in a classroom of 25 kids each student receives twenty minutes of homework help every evening. Those hours alone, voluntarily donated by the...

Posted on 03/28/14 at 08:50 pm in response to At MPS, data on teachers raise resource-equity questions

I guess I’ve always tended to be more of a carrot person instead of a stick. So instead of seeking how to hold parents accountable, I would prefer to focus on how to show them what is in it for them. For those of us raised in settings where education was always a priority, we go through all the motions without really evaluating why. We do it because we know the work will make our kids better off, and that in turn we will be better off, and in turn once again our communities will be better...

Posted on 03/27/14 at 07:16 pm in response to Indexing the minimum wage is a good idea — by any measure

These hybrid systems seem destined for unintended consequences. Either accept the mainstream economic price equilibrium for labor and help the poor in other ways. Or artificially set a wage for the working poor and have the politicians monitor its effectiveness. But to patch together a selection of political judgement and market indices makes for a weak social fabric.

Posted on 03/28/14 at 12:55 pm in response to Indexing the minimum wage is a good idea — by any measure


If I follow you, you do not believe there is a market system that produces price points. So why would we use an index from this non-system to adjust the minimum wage?

According to there are 9757 owner occupied housing units in this area of the city. Even if ten households surrounding each of the 80 construction sites felt adversly affected by the new construction process, they would only represent 8% of homeowners. Should the property rights of the nearly 9000 other neighbors be restricted until the issues surrounding the new construction process be resolved?

Posted on 02/20/14 at 10:30 am in response to Democrats laud wage-report poverty findings, dispute employment effects

I would be curious to know the position Achieve Mpls takes on this issue. Clearly they feel that summer employement for a teen has a life changing impact. Whereas an extra $50/mo to an adult would help pay the bills, but not change their living conditions. Does the loss of one counter the gain of the other? As an organization with a job placement function, they are also in a good position to assess how a wage increase would impact their job providers.

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As much as it is fun to speculate how the world would be only if…isn't it more helpful to look at the choices disadvantaged folks make and their outcomes? If a family has been successful in advancing their child to a higher level of achievement, say graduation from high school or college, than what were the choices that were made to achieve this? Did the family choose to stay in an area of poverty concentration rather than move to a remote suburban location because they felt their support...

We’ve always focused on solutions in realm of material economics. If there is a need for food than provide groceries. But we’ve neglected solutions in the realm of social economics. I think that this is part of the argument being made by Orfield. By keeping populations in high concentrations of poverty there is little way for them to access networks that could tip them off to a job opening, for instance.

You can detect the argument in objections to providing early childhood...

In a recent post about social mobility and poverty Via Media framed the conversation around poverty A which addresses material concerns (paying rent, buying school clothes, buying groceries) and poverty B which is social poverty, meaning lack of social networks, low education levels, little social capital. Wouldn’t it be interesting to use this framework to discuss minimum wage? On the one hand an increase in the wage would benefit poverty A with a small increase in ability to make material...