Research from UW-Madison’s Claudia Persico was recently noted in a New York Times op-ed by Thomas B. Edsall headlined, “Integration Works. But Can It Survive the Trump Era?”
Persico is an assistant professor with the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
. She is a multidisciplinary, economics-oriented policy scholar interested in inequality, education and early childhood health.
The Times op-ed explores research that supports the integration of schools as effectively raising educational levels and living standards.
In the study highlighted by the New York Times, Persico and co-authors C. Kirabo Jackson and Rucker C. Johnson found that "a 10 percent increase in per-pupil spending each year for all 12 years of public school leads to 0.27 more completed years of education, 7.25 percent higher wages, and a 3.67 percentage-point reduction in the annual incidence of adult poverty; effects are much more pronounced for children from low-income families."
The Times op-ed continues to examine how issues in funding and segregation in schools contribute to racial disparities and the achievement gap.