What would a more equitable D.C. look like?
In D.C.’s poorest wards — 7 and 8, where residents are overwhelmingly black — growth in businesses is lagging behind other parts of the city, the number of high school dropouts is high and incomes are either falling or stagnant. Meanwhile, citywide, the average family income has jumped 54 percent since 1980.
But what would the city look like if the economics were equal across all wards?
The Urban Institute played this optimistic exercise and found that if the high school graduation rate in Wards 7 and 8 matched the citywide rate of 88 percent, there would be 5,000 more diplomas in these wards. Read more here.