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Will recession lead to more violence in students’ communities?

After two incidents of youth violence in the city this week, New York City teachers may share Chicago teacher (and New York Times blogger) Victor Harbison’s fear that the economic tailspin will expose students to even more violence:

As unemployment figures go up, I imagine readers of the Times thinking about IRA’s and who will be on Obama’s economic team. … Me? When I hear unemployment is going up, I wonder how long before my students have to face violence in the home as well as on the streets. (There are tons of studies, like this one, that show a correlation between unemployment and a rise in domestic violence.)

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