WHAT WE DO

The Foundation for Community Empowerment (FCE) has served as a catalyst for comprehensive efforts to transform low-income neighborhoods in South Dallas and to build a replicable model for urban revitalization.

ONGOING INITIATIVES

The Revitalization of Fair Park

The Foundation for Community Empowerment is attempting to organize and advocate for the revitalization of the neighborhood near Fair Park.

Free Minds Dallas

Free Minds is based on the assumption that rigorous engagement with the humanities—such as literature, philosophy, art, history, and critical thinking—can change people’s lives.

Frazier Revitalization

The Frazier neighborhood is part of the South Dallas/Fair Park community that includes approximately 24,000 residents, adjacent to Downtown Dallas and South of I-30.

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Karl Marx Rises Again

Karl Marx is back from the dead. Not on a Soviet-style scale, mercifully, and not…

A Great Park for a Great City

Working for Superman: Texas Schools Turn to Hero Superintendents.

On a muggy August morning in 2012, school buses full of teachers, janitors, cooks and…

Now That’s Rich

Institutional Investor’s latest “rich list” in its Alpha magazine, its survey of the 25 highest-paid…

Weight Associated with Diabetes Risk Differs by Ethnicity

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Black and Asian adults may be at risk for developing…

Sam Chaltain: The Problem with Obama’s Plan for Teachers.

On one level, today’s news that the Obama administration is ordering states to devise strategies…

Largest U.S. Teachers Union Calls for Education Secretary Duncan to Resign.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s relations with teachers unions just got more difficult. Delegates of the…

Imagine a Trio of Boulevards Connecting Fair Park to Trinity Park

Throughout my career as an architect, I have been fortunate to visit many of the…

Renewing Urban Renewal

Eager to jump-start local businesses and provide badly needed jobs amid the deep recession that…

Bill Gates Needs to Drop His Common Core Obsession.

It’s hard to envision Bill Gates not getting exactly what he wants, or backing down…

Margaret Spellings on the Future of Education

When I look ahead to the schools of 20 years from now, what I see…

Arne Duncan Unveils 50-State Teacher-Equity Strategy

The U.S. Department of Education Monday detailed its long-awaited “50-state” strategy for putting some teeth…

How College Remediation Rates Are Distorted — and Why.

Are a large percentage of high school graduates so unprepared for college when they get…

Obama Administration Wants Better Teachers for Nation’s Poor Schools.

The Obama administration is ordering states to devise strategies to get better teachers into high-poverty…

Why Don’t We Trust the Poor Enough to Give Them Money?

A Chinese millionaire tried to give $300 to homeless men and women in New York…

No permanent victories against racism

They came from all over the country: Colorado Springs; Granada Hills, Calif.; Groton, Conn; Chicago;…

Texas Department of Transportation Says It Could Cost $100 Million to Fix Interstate 345

For months, the Texas Department of Transportation has said it will cost $100 million to…

15 Charts That Prove We’re Far From Post-Racial

On July 2, 1964, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, officially banning discrimination…

Inequality Is Not Inevitable

An insidious trend has developed over this past third of a century. A country that…

HKS Chairman, Former Trammell Crow CEO Say No to Trinity Toll Road, Present Vision for I-345 and I-30

It’s hard to say what the headline is from the meeting we just had with…

National Campaign Houses 100,000 People with Help from Dallas-based CitySquare

The national 100,000 Homes Campaign celebrated the 100,000th person to move into permanent housing this…

Wealth Hits High as Rich Get Richer

Americans’ wealth hit a fresh record in the first quarter amid a rise in home…

Growth Has Been Good for Decades. So Why Hasn’t Poverty Declined?

The surest way to fight poverty is to achieve stronger economic growth. That, anyway, is…

The Irony in New Study That Bashes Popular Teacher Evaluation Method.

They just keep on coming. Last month, a report was released by the American Statistical…

Planned Health Clinic Excites South Dallas Neighborhood

The new South Dallas clinic being built for Parkland Memorial Hospital represents more than an…

Harsh Sentencing, Overstuffed Prisons—It’s Time for Reform: Nonviolent Offenders Make Up 90% of the Federal Prison Population

Too many people are in prison who should not be there. How many? Most of…

Why America’s Mass Incarceration Experiment Failed

The provost of Rutgers University-Newark, Todd Clear specializes in the study of criminal justice, and…

Teachers Are Losing Their Jobs, but Teach for America’s Expanding. What’s Wrong With That?

This story was produced in collaboration with the Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news outlet…

Fair Park – Ideas for its redevelopment as a catalyst for South Dallas growth

To Reduce Inequality, Start With Families.

The French economist Thomas Piketty swept across the United States last week with a dire…

Texas Center for Education Policy Dallas Home Rule Brief

How Will Dallas Combat Its Food Deserts?

If you don’t know the phrase “food desert,” then you should head over to the…

Food Deserts Aren’t the Problem

A dozen recently and currently incarcerated women gathered in a classroom across the street from…

Dallas Task Force Working on ‘dramatic Ideas’ for Fair Park

A nine-member task force on the future of Fair Park has been meeting privately for…

The 5 Goals That Should Top the Mayor’s Fair Park Task Force’s Agenda

As someone mentioned in the comments to today’s Leading Off, the Dallas Morning News reports…

The Essence of Innocence: Consequences of Dehumanizing Black Children

The social category “children” defines a group of individuals who are perceived to be distinct,…

Beyond ABC: Assessing Children’s Health in Dallas County 2013

We began in 1913 as the “Dallas Baby Camp” housed in four donated tents. Today,…

When it Comes to Illegal Drug Use, White America Does the Crime, Black America Gets the Time

White Americans are more likely than black Americans to have used most kinds of illegal…

Disruptive Change: Mike Miles and the Crisis in Dallas ISD

Changing the State of Fairness: Redeveloping Fair Park as a Catalyst for the Revitalization of South Dallas

Less Than Equal: Racial Disparities in Wealth Accumulation

When it comes to economic gaps between whites and communities of color in the United…

Prison and the Poverty Trap

WASHINGTON — Why are so many American families trapped in poverty? Of all the explanations…

The Roots of the Widening Racial Gap: Explaining the Black-White Economic Divide

Growing concerns about wealth inequality and the expanding racial wealth gap have in recent years…

New Research Shows High Risk of Eviction for Women in Predominately Black Neighborhoods

For America’s poorest renters — particularly black women — evictions are disturbingly common, trapping them…

Disparities In Healthcare Quality Among Racial and Ethnic Groups

Each year since 2003, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has reported on…

Separate and Unequal: The Neighborhood Gap for Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians in Metropolitan America

This report examines how people’s race/ethnicity and income are translated into racial/ethnic and class segregation…

Fact Sheet: Health Disparities by Race and Ethnicity

Below are the facts that outline racial and ethnic health care disparities in the United…

Toxic Persons: New Research Shows Precisely How the Prison-to-Poverty Cycle Does Its Damage

Forty years after the United States began its experimentation with mass incarceration policies, the country…

Educational Reform Effort for the DISD

Crime and Punishment: Some Costs of Inequality

Once upon a time, economists told us that efforts to reduce income inequality would be…

Neighborhoods and Cumulative Biological Risk Profiles by Race/Ethnicity in a National Sample of U.S. Adults

Purpose To examine race/ethnic-specific patterns of association between neighborhood socioeconomic status (NSES) and a cumulative…

Urban Revitalization in the United States: Policies and Practices

Since the 1970s American cities, particularly those in the Northeast and Midwest, have striven to…

Race, Ethnicity, Culture, and Disparities in Healthcare

In spite of significant advances in the diagnosis and treatment of most chronic diseases, there…

Race, Ethnicity, and the Health of Americans

At the dawn of the twenty-first century, Americans are in general healthier than ever before…

Community Health Task Force

Homelessness as an Impediment to Urban Revitalization: the Case of Dallas, Texas

Homelessness has long been recognized as a serious problem in many American cities, and Dallas…

Economic Inequality and the Rise in U.S. Imprisonment

Abstract This paper relates the growth in men’s prison admission rates to increasing economic inequality…

Closing the Employment Gap in the Dallas Area

Are Emily and Greg more Employable than Lakisha and Jamal? A Field Experiment on Labor Market Discrimination

Abstract We perform a field experiment to measure racial discrimination in the labor market. We…

Mayor’s Task Force on Affordable Workforce Housing 2002

Reinvesting in Dallas Southern Sector