Staff writer at The Atlantic. I write about people doing stuff. LA Times alum. alana@theatlantic.com http://www.theatlantic.com/author/alana-semuels/

The Many Communities of Color in Portland

theatlantic.com — I used to work as a reporter for a newspaper, and space constraints were a very real thing. At the Los Angeles Times, we measured stories in inches, and if a story was too long, we'd have to cut out some inches. Now, writing for the website of The Atlantic, there are no space constraints (!).

Why America's Public Schools Are So Unequal

theatlantic.com — HARTFORD, Conn.-This is one of the wealthiest states in the union. But thousands of children here attend schools that are among the worst in the country. While students in higher-income towns such as Greenwich and Darien have easy access to guidance counselors, school psychologists, personal laptops, and up-to-date textbooks, those in high-poverty areas like Bridgeport and New Britain don't.

The Feudal Origins of America’s Most-Hated Tax

New England's Suburban Decline

theatlantic.com — Cities are in vogue again, and that's starting to be a problem for places that are made up mostly of suburbs. Companies like General Electric that were once headquartered here in the suburbs are decamping for city centers, where they say they can more easily find the talent they need.

Can the Working Families Party Keep Winning in Connecticut?

theatlantic.com — The party scored major victories in last week's Connecticut primary. Now what? "Tonight's results are proof positive that there is a significant shifting of the tide in Connecticut state politics," Lindsay Farrell, the state director for the Connecticut Working Families Party, told me on the night of primaries.

Is The US Due For A Big Tax Hike On The Rich?

Is the U.S. Due for Radically Raising Taxes on the Rich?

theatlantic.com — In one of the biggest moments of of Hillary Clinton's convention speech, the Democratic nominee promised that under her presidency, "Wall Street, corporations, and the super-rich are going to start paying their fair share of taxes." The crowd went wild.

The Unforeseen Consequences of Ban the Box Initiatives

theatlantic.com — When employers can't see applicants' criminal histories, they start discriminating in different, broader ways. For us to continue writing great stories, we need to display ads. Please select the extension that is blocking ads. Please follow the steps below

Communal Living in Oregon Helps Parents With Child Rearing and Money

theatlantic.com — "We try to be the village that people talk about when it comes to the kids - not that it always works," one of the mothers of young children, Gracey Nagle, told me. Nagle and a few members of the group have been living in a shared house since 2003.

Wealth Gains of the 1 Percent

theatlantic.com — Wealth isn't necessarily bad in and of itself, but a new report suggests there's a correlation between the rich getting richer and everyone else getting left behind. For us to continue writing great stories, we need to display ads. Please select the extension that is blocking ads.
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Aug 26, 2016

And if you like that women-in-labor piece, check out my story about a hard-charging female-run union from 2014:  http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/11/the-little-union-that-could/382206/ 

Aug 26, 2016

RT @WidmeyerED: Happy Friday morning! We're reading: Good school, rich school; bad school, poor school  http://ow.ly/IYzG303BL4l  @AlanaSemuels #edequity #pk12

Aug 25, 2016

Me on the problems inherent in linking property tax and education funding, and the history of doing so.  http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/08/property-taxes-and-unequal-schools/497333/ 


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