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Featured Briefs

The Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities: Spearheading Texas’s Ongoing Fight Against Institutional Racism and Other Causes of Inequity

For the last several months IUPRA has researched and analyzed one of the most important institutions the State of Texas has ever created, including interviews with policymakers, state agency employees and other Texans to learn deeply about The Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities (CEDD). Today—as the 84th Texas Legislature prepares to adjourn sine die—may seem an inapt day to release a brief that calls for an ever-diversifying Texas to achieve greater racial equity by growing and supporting a crucial state agency. However, we here at IUPRA know that the Legislature has enrolled and sent to the Governor SB 200, with major, long-term reform at the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) seemingly inevitable. As HHSC, CEDD’s housing agency, changes over the months and years to come, it is essential for the Center to progress, grow, and succeed in its mission to make Texas a more equitable place for every child, family, and individual. We hope you read the brief now and in the future—not for our sake, but for Texas’s.


Examining the Texas Prison Reform Model: How Texas is Maintaining Racial Disparity and Mass Incarceration

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In The News

Read Dr. Cokley's Op-Ed piece "Juneteenth A Time to Reflect on Race Relations"

"So as we commemorate Juneteenth, how do we improve race relations in the midst of pessimistic poll numbers and simmering tensions between police and communities of color?"

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"The Hill" Recently Published Dr. Cokley's Op-Ed on School Vouchers

"Parents should be able to choose to send their child to a private school even if there is very little evidence their child’s achievement will significantly improve. Of course parents have this right. The real question is should parents exercise it? And is there incontrovertible evidence that their child’s academic achievement will significantly improve by attending a private school? The answer to that question appears to be no."

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Dr. Cokley Writes Op-Ed About Next Steps for Ferguson

"The president of the Austin (Texas) Police Association denies the existence of institutional discrimination, reducing it to a few isolated cases of biased individuals who are eventually weeded out of law enforcement...My real frustration is I don't believe any amount of data will convince some people of the existence and pervasiveness of institutional racism. 

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Just Released, Dr. Cokley's Book "The Myth of Black Anti-Intellectualism" Read more about it.

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See Dr. Vohra-Gupta's Op-Ed, "States should use power to raise the minimum wage"

"To build a better future for American children, one of the most effective policy changes available today is raising the minimum wage to at least $10.10 and then indexing it to inflation so that American families can keep up with the rising prices of gas, food and housing...a raise in minimum wage to $10.10 would increase real income, on net, by $5 billion and pull about 900,000 families above the poverty threshold."

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