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August 26, 2016

Blacks, Latinos Struggle To Raise Homeownership Rates in Iowa

Home ownership is taken for granted as the default standard of living for many Iowans. But black and Latino homeownership rates have dropped since 1960, an analysis of census data shows. The reasons are explored in the conclusion of the series, “Iowa’s Opportunity Gap,” an IowaWatch collaboration with four Iowa newspapers and I-News.

October 12, 2013

West Liberty School Superintendent Explains Dual Language Program in Interview

In August 2013 IowaWatch and West Liberty Index reporter Stephen Gruber-Miller interviewed West Liberty schools Superintendent Steve Hanson about the district’s dual language program. District officials say the program has helped improve the educational experience and outcomes in their schools.

September 28, 2013

Graduation Rates For Iowa Blacks, Latinos Not Keeping Up During The Past Half-Century

Only 10 percent of Latino Iowans graduated college in 2010 compared to 16 percent of black and 25 percent of white Iowans, all below the national averages. Perhaps more alarming because how important a high school diploma is, a gap in high school graduation rates for white, black and Latino Iowans continues to persist.

September 28, 2013

Blacks, Latinos Falling Behind When It Comes To Opportunities In Iowa

White Iowans have made strong gains in high school and college graduation rates, lowering poverty levels, median family income and home ownership since 1960. But black and Latino achievements have grown far more slowly, or in some cases declined, widening an opportunity gap among the races, an IowaWatch-led investigation with five other news organizations shows.

September 15, 2013