Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Executive Order Number 20: Advancing Equity for Small, Women, and Minority Owned Businesses

Categories: African Americans,Business/Economics,Hispanics,Virginia Issues,Women

Orders state agencies to exceed a goal of 42% in expenditures spent with small and minority-owned businesses in the state and to create a micro business designation for employers with no more than 25 employees.  From the Office of the Governor


The School Discipline Consensus Report

Categories: African Americans,Disability,Education,Headlines,Hispanics,Sex Issues,Youth

Subtitled: Strategies from the Field to Keep Students Engaged in School and Out of the Juvenile Justice System.  Calls for improved methods of school discipline that keep students engaged in classrooms and less use of suspensions. Criticizes the disproportionate number of disciplined students of color, those with disabilities, and youth who identify as gay, bisexual, lesbian or transgender.  From the Council of State Governments Justice Center


Job Characteristics Among Working Parents: Differences by Race, Ethnicity, and Nativity

Categories: African Americans,Health Insurance,Hispanics,Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Statistics

Reveals that foreign-born, Hispanic, and Black working parents are significantly more likely than U.S. born, White or Asian working parents to have a low wage job without health insurance or a pension plan.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Black-White Differences in Intergenerational Economic Mobility in the United States

Categories: African Americans,Income/Poverty,Statistics

Uses Census Bureau and BLS data sets to measure intergenerational mobility and racial aspects of such mobility.  Also tries to shed light on the factors associated with racial gaps in upward and downward mobility.  From the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank


Civil Rights History Project

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,History,Libraries/Museums

Authorized by 2009 Congressional legislation, this site features oral histories of people who were participants in the struggle of African-Americans for civil rights in the 1950s and 1960s.  From the Library of Congress


Freedom Now Project: Images from the Summer of 1963, Farmville, Va.

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,History,Virginia Issues

Introduces a series of photos from 1963 civil rights protests in Farmville, Virginia on behalf of desegregating restaurants and movie theaters.  Contains link to photo display on Flickr.  From Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries


Expansive Survey of America’s Public Schools Reveals Troubling Racial Disparities

Categories: African Americans,Children,Civil/Human Rights,Education,Headlines

Press release on outcome of first collection of data from all public schools and school districts since 2000.  Reveals racial disparities in access to pre-school and to advanced courses, and in school disciplinary actions.  From the U.S. Department of Education


Civil Rights Data Collection: Data Snapshot: School Discipline

Categories: African Americans,Children,Civil/Human Rights,Disability,Education,Headlines,Statistics

Reports on disparities in school suspensions by race/ethnicity and gender for students as young as preschool age.  Black students are suspended at a rate three times greater than white students and black students in preschool programs, though representing only 18% of enrollment, received 48% of multiple out-of-school suspensions.  From the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education


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