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Richard Rothstein is a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute. From 1999 to 2002, he was the national education columnist for the New York Times, and from 2003 to 2006 he was a visiting professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is the author of Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic, and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap. He is also the author of The Way We Were? Myths and Realities of America's Student Achievement. Other recent books include The Charter School Dust-Up: Examining the Evidence on Enrollment and Achievement and All Else Equal: Are Public and Private Schools Different?.




Peter Miller is a professor at the School of Education and the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously, he was a high school teacher and homeless shelter employee. Miller studies issues of leadership, policy, homelessness, poverty, and university-school-community partnerships. Recent works include Considering the Geographic Dispersion of Homeless and Highly Mobile Students and Families, and Families' Experiences in Different Homeless and Highly Mobile Settings: Implications for School and Community Practice. Miller actively partners with numerous school and community organizations to improve educational opportunities to students who are homeless.



Linda Tirado is the author of Hand to Mouth. After first posting an essay, "Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or, Poverty Thoughts," about America's poverty trap on an online forum, Tirado received national attention. The post was picked up by The Huffington Post, The Nation, Forbes, and countless other publications, reaching over six million readers. A year after she wrote it, she'd gone from working as a diner cook to speaking at the London School of Economics. Since publishing Hand to Mouth, Tirado has been featured on "Real Time with Bill Maher," NPR's "On Point," and MSNBC. Hand to Mouth was a NYT Editor's Choice and made the list in Ms. Magazine's Best Feminist Books of 2014. She now lives in Washington DC, and works as a new-media activist and journalist.