Ghetto Taxes and Middle Classes

I'm not big on teachers thinking that kids can't learn because of their family or community backgrounds, but I'm also realistic about family and community making a difference.  With that in mind, here are a couple of interesting NYT articles about big cities and the poor -- one about the higher costs of some basics in poor neighborhoods (Ghetto Tax Being Paid by the Urban Poor) and the other about the impact -- not as clear as you might think -- of cities and school systems like Chicago losing their middle class (Study Shows a Dwindling Middle Class).  Neither are specifically about Chicago, but they raise some interesting issues. 

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