State of Opportunity http://michiganradio.org en State of Opportunity has a new project and needs your tax stories http://michiganradio.org/post/state-opportunity-has-new-project-and-needs-your-tax-stories <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px;">We're getting ready for a new project here at State of Opportunity, and we're excited about it.</span></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 18:37:41 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 16682 at http://michiganradio.org State of Opportunity has a new project and needs your tax stories Student and school prepare for a father's deportation http://michiganradio.org/post/student-and-school-prepare-fathers-deportation <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><em style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px; line-height: 16.799999237060547px;">Update: The office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued the following statement to Michigan Radio," After a thorough review of Mr.&nbsp;Sanchez-Ronquillo's&nbsp;case. The agency has granted a one-year Stay of Removal." We are updating our earlier story now.&nbsp;</em></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Charlie is seven years old, a second-grader at an Ann Arbor elementary school. Over the last week, his picture has been all over&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/189943844413871/" style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">facebook</a><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">. It's also on flyers and email as his church and parents at his school try to organize around his family.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Read the updated story at <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/student-and-school-prepare-fathers-deportation">State of Opportunity</a>.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Read or listen to the entire story at <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/">State of Opportunity</a>.</p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 14:35:35 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 16313 at http://michiganradio.org Student and school prepare for a father's deportation Michigan woman discusses employment, disabilities with President Obama http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-woman-discusses-employment-disabilities-president-obama <p></p><p>At the start of our State of Opportunity Project we spoke with Leatrice Fullerton, a single mother with two children.</p><p>She earned a master’s degree in social work, but had difficulty finding employment when we last spoke with her.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fullerton also faces the additional challenge of being blind. The good news is that she now has two part-time jobs.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, Fullerton participated in a Google chat hosted by President Obama. She asked the president what his plans were for including people with disabilities&nbsp;in the work force.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All Things Considered host Jennifer White spoke with Fullerton.</span></p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:29:00 +0000 Jennifer White 16264 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan woman discusses employment, disabilities with President Obama State of Opportunity's hour on what it's really like in a "low-performing" school http://michiganradio.org/post/state-opportunitys-hour-what-its-really-low-performing-school <p>The MEAP&nbsp;test has been used to evaluate kids and schools in Michigan for over four and a half decades.</p><p>The test is meant to make sure public schools are teaching kids the basics. But&nbsp;MEAP&nbsp;scores affect where parents decide to send their kids, neighborhood housing prices, city tax revenue, and city services.</p><p>Basically, the economics of a city rests on how well 8 and 9-year-olds perform on this single test.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State of Opportunity's Dustin Dwyer spent six weeks inside Congress Elementary in Grand Rapids, a school with consistently low MEAP scores. Dwyer followed a third-grade class as they prepared to take the test. He interviewed students, teachers, and parents, trying to figure out how much these numbers matter. What he found was, the test scores do not even begin to tell the story. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To hear the documentary now and learn more, visit the <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/big-test-six-weeks-one-third-grade-class-low-scoring-elementary-school">State of Opportunity</a> website.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:26:41 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16246 at http://michiganradio.org State of Opportunity's hour on what it's really like in a "low-performing" school A quick preview of our documentary on high-stakes testing http://michiganradio.org/post/quick-preview-our-documentary-high-stakes-testing <p>Dustin Dwyer and Kimberly Springer from our State of Opportunity team share "five teasers" about the upcoming documentary on high-stakes testing. The documentary will air (and be online) this Thursday.</p><p>Here's one thing that Dwyer will explore in the documentary: How the "bad" label can harm a school in an otherwise wealthy district.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:33:15 +0000 Mark Brush 16221 at http://michiganradio.org A quick preview of our documentary on high-stakes testing Today's State of Opportunity call-in show tackles standardized testing http://michiganradio.org/post/todays-state-opportunity-call-show-tackles-standardized-testing <p><em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><strong>Update</strong>: If you missed the program, you can catch the audio on <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/wrap-state-opportunitys-special-high-stakes-testing">this post</a>.</span></em></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:23:44 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16054 at http://michiganradio.org Today's State of Opportunity call-in show tackles standardized testing A friendship starts after radio story touches Ann Arbor woman http://michiganradio.org/post/friendship-starts-after-radio-story-touches-ann-arbor-woman <p><em>For the next few days we're featuring stories of ordinary listeners who read or heard a story on State of Opportunity and decided to give some of their resources or time as a result. We know many of you have done the same.&nbsp;<a href="http://pinsight.org/q/en/7202f0ae3e58">If you've got a story to share or an idea of how people could help let us know here</a>. If you need ideas of what you could do, check out the&nbsp;<a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/resources">resources page</a>. We'll update it with &nbsp;listener suggestions as they come in.</em></p><p>One of the big reasons people pause in their lives and reach out to someone else is because they feel emotionally moved by someone's story.</p><p>That happened to an Ann Arbor woman after hearing the story of Keisha Johnson on Michigan Radio.</p><p>In her piece "<a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/life-public-assistance-personal-story">Life on public assistance, a personal story</a>," Michigan Radio's Jennifer Guerra introduces us to Johnson who is working hard to create a good home for her children - something Johnson didn't always have as a child.</p><p>Judy and her husband were getting ready for their day in their home. But they paused to hear the story:&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">"After I heard that, I said to him, you know, something really is motivating me to try to meet this woman."</span></p></blockquote><p>And so she did. Head on over to the <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/lasting-friendship-begins-after-ann-arbor-woman-responds-radio-story-kindness">State of Opportunity site</a> to hear more about Keisha and Judy's friendship.</p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 16:12:52 +0000 Mark Brush 15746 at http://michiganradio.org A friendship starts after radio story touches Ann Arbor woman Here's what your name says about your future prospects http://michiganradio.org/post/heres-what-your-name-says-about-your-future-prospects <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Researchers have done all kinds of experiments to learn how our names can impact perceptions.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If the research is to be believed, for some people creating a new identity other than the one given at birth might be a good idea.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The University of Chicago Business School and the National Bureau of Economic Research, for example, conducted a&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.nber.org/papers/w9873.pdf?new_window=1" style="line-height: 1.5;">study&nbsp;</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">that compared responses to identical resumes. The only difference was that some resumes were from applicants with African American sounding names and others had White sounding names.</span></p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:17:00 +0000 Kimberly Springer 15341 at http://michiganradio.org Here's what your name says about your future prospects How one Detroit charter school captured national attention — and what educators have to say about it http://michiganradio.org/post/how-one-detroit-charter-school-captured-national-attention-and-what-educators-have-say-about-it <p>This week on <em><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/">State of Opportunity</a></em>, Sarah Alvarez is taking a look at some radical decisions that have shaped the educational landscape of Detroit schools.</p><p>Today, families in the city are taking a gamble on brand-new charter schools, like the <a href="http://www.detroitachievement.org/">Detroit Achievement Academy</a>.</p><p>The academy opened earlier this year, by 28-year-old Kyle Smitley. Smitley is the first to admit she lacks formal educational experience. "I’ve been laughed out of so many rooms coming into the education world," she says.</p><p>But that hasn’t stopped the unconventional school from getting national buzz. Earlier this year, Smitley and the academy were featured on The Ellen Degeneres Show.</p><p>Still, the odds are stacked up against the academy and other charter schools that pop up in Detroit. There are more seats in Detroit schools than students. Many students in the city haven’t met benchmark requirements in their grade levels.</p><p>So what do educational experts think about these experimental schools? Check out <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/40-year-shadow-cast-detroits-failed-busing-plan">Sarah’s piece</a> for more.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:15:14 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15284 at http://michiganradio.org How one Detroit charter school captured national attention — and what educators have to say about it Does diversity make for better schools? http://michiganradio.org/post/does-diversity-make-better-schools <p>In short, the answer is 'we don't really know.'</p><p><a href="http://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/february/reardon-achievement-gap-021312.html">Stanford University's Sean Reardon</a> studies achievement gaps -&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">the difference between how one group of students performs compared to another group</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When comparing black, white, and Latino students,&nbsp;</span>Reardon<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says you see the importance not so much of race, but of class.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Over the last 40 or so years, the black-white achievement gap and the Hispanic-white achievement gap have narrowed a lot,"&nbsp;</span>Reardon<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;said. "On the other hand, the gap between high and low income students&nbsp;</span><a href="http://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/february/reardon-achievement-gap-021312.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">has increased quite dramatically</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">."</span></p><p>Reardon<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;said that particular gap has grown about 40% since the&nbsp;1980s.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But while economic diversity&nbsp;</span><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/problem-growing-poor" style="line-height: 1.5;">might matter more in ensuring a quality education</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, that doesn't mean people want to give up on racial and ethnic diversity.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ray&nbsp;Litt, a community activist involved in Detroit's&nbsp;</span><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/40-year-shadow-cast-detroits-failed-busing-plan" style="line-height: 1.5;">Milliken&nbsp;v. Bradley case</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, reflected, "The d</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">esegregation action was to provide a quality integrated venue in which students and staff are exposed to and can interact with kids of different races religions and economic status," he said. "We all need to be able to be comfortable, not tolerating, a society that is the melting pot."</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">Racial diversity is not something you are likely to find in a majority of Detroit's schools, even after a hard fought desegregation plan.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">Read more and listen to the whole story at <em><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/">State of Opportunity</a></em>.</span></p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:49:34 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 15260 at http://michiganradio.org Does diversity make for better schools? A 'funnel district' forms in Ferndale as students exercise school choice http://michiganradio.org/post/funnel-district-forms-ferndale-students-exercise-school-choice <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Every school day hundreds of kids from Detroit travel up Woodward and many other routes on their way to </span>Ferndale’s<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"> schools. They don't need to move to go to these schools.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Ferndale&nbsp;has wooed Detroit students, exercising&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.333333015441895px; line-height: 22px;">their ability to educate students from other districts under Michigan’s "schools of choice" policy.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">The district has two high schools that cater almost exclusively to students from Detroit.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">One of them, University High, has 426 students only seven of whom come from&nbsp;Ferndale. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">The school system has been called a "funnel district" because of traffic in and out of the district. Kids coming in from Detroit and some suburbs like Oak Park and Hazel Park make up one end of the funnel.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-size: 15px;">The other end of the funnel is made up of kids leaving </span>Ferndale<span style="font-size: 15px;"> for suburbs a little farther out.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">You can learn more about how this got started and the financial and educational consequences of it on our&nbsp;<em><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/funnel-district-forms-ferndale-students-exercise-school-choice">State of Opportunity</a>&nbsp;</em>page.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This story is the first in our week-long series looking at how the neighborhood school and education in metro Detroit has changed over the past few decades.</p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:32:42 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 15220 at http://michiganradio.org A 'funnel district' forms in Ferndale as students exercise school choice Your plans for next week? Listen to our series on education in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/your-plans-next-week-listen-our-series-education-detroit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Next week, Sarah Alvarez from our </span><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em style="line-height: 1.5;">State of Opportunity</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> team will explore the long shadow of a </span>busing<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and integration case 40 years ago, and the way the outcome fundamentally altered the notion of a neighborhood school for students in Detroit and many communities throughout the metro area.</span></p><p></p><p><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/great-detroit-draft-70" style="line-height: 1.5;">Check out this post by Kimberly Springer</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that shows how some Detroit parents were notified that their kids were going to be bused to another school.</span></p><p>The series “Abandoning the neighborhood school” will focus on these topics:</p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 16:51:09 +0000 Mark Brush 15192 at http://michiganradio.org Your plans for next week? Listen to our series on education in Detroit What kind of education do you get if you spend $12,000 per student? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-kind-education-do-you-get-if-you-spend-12000-student <p>Our <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/">State of Opportunity team</a> has been diving into the issue school funding over the past couple months.</p><p>The vast majority of Michigan K-12 schools get between <a href="http://www.msbo.org/sites/default/files/schaid14_hfa_omnibussummary.pdf">$7,000 - $8,000 per pupil</a> every year. But there are some schools that get more…a lot more. We're talking about roughly a $5,000 difference between the richest schools in the state and the poorest schools.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 16:49:09 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 15160 at http://michiganradio.org What kind of education do you get if you spend $12,000 per student? 5 things to know about Michigan's education gap http://michiganradio.org/post/5-things-know-about-michigans-education-gap <p>Over at our <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/">State of Opportunity website</a>, we've been on <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/term/gap-watch">Gap Watch</a>: achievement gaps, literacy gaps, technology gaps, gender gaps, etc.</p><p>Our latest documentary continues the trend.</p><p>It's called <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/education-gap-transcript-and-audio?nopop=1">The Education Gap</a>.</p><p>I hung out in two very different 5th grade classrooms over the course of a month and a half.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:32:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 15026 at http://michiganradio.org 5 things to know about Michigan's education gap Talking about the effect of childhood trauma http://michiganradio.org/post/talking-about-effect-childhood-trauma <p>For <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/">State of Opportunity</a>, reporter Zak Rosen <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/childhood-trauma-leads-significant-health-problems-later-life">explored how childhood trauma</a> can lead to health problems later in life.&nbsp;</p><p>In his story, he asks you to imagine this:</p><p>"T<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">ry to imagine this. &nbsp;It’s a sunny Saturday afternoon. &nbsp;Beautiful day.&nbsp;</span></p><p>You’re hiking alone in the forest. &nbsp;And then you hear some rustling leaves behind you.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Your heart begins to pound. &nbsp;You turn around to see a huge, snarling bear, staring directly at you.&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">In this moment, your body is releasing a ton of hormones that will help you either fight the bear or run away.&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">This is the body’s natural fight or flight response at work.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“If this happens once in a very long time, then that makes a lot of sense. &nbsp;It’s life saving and it’s this big activation in your system,” says Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, a pediatrician and the founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">But what if that bear is an abusive parent?"</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Listen to the story <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/childhood-trauma-leads-significant-health-problems-later-life">here</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 14:54:14 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14977 at http://michiganradio.org Talking about the effect of childhood trauma One school in Detroit uses discipline with meaning http://michiganradio.org/post/one-school-detroit-uses-discipline-meaning <p>If you were a teacher, what would you do if a second grader won&rsquo;t quiet down during story time? What if a third grader wants to go home sick, but she&rsquo;s not actually sick? &nbsp;What if one of your students hits one of his classmates? &nbsp;How would you handle that?</p><p>Zak Rosen is spending the year at the Boggs School in Detroit. In <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/order-classroom-new-school-works-craft-meaningful-discipline-policy-works">this piece</a> for <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/">State of Opportunity</a>, he explores how the school uses discipline in constructive and meaningful ways.</p><p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:23:39 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14855 at http://michiganradio.org One school in Detroit uses discipline with meaning What is 'nature deficit disorder,' and how is one school fixing it? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-nature-deficit-disorder-and-how-one-school-fixing-it <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Think back to when you were a kid, and how much time you spent playing outside. Maybe you wandered&nbsp;the neighborhood until the streetlights came on. Or built tree forts. Or explored a nearby field, or creek, or woods.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Now, think about the kids on your block &ndash; or in your house &ndash; and how much time you see them exploring the neighborhood. Without their cell phones.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Some advocates of unstructured outdoor play say far too few kids are doing that these days. They have a name for it: &ldquo;nature deficit disorder,&rdquo; and point to a growing body of research that links too much indoor time with problems including obesity, attention deficit disorder, and depression.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/">State of Opportunity</a> checked in on one Grand Rapids school where kids don&#39;t just play outside, they learn from and in the natural environment. Read the rest of the story or listen in at <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/one-schools-fight-against-nature-deficit-disorder">State of Opportunity</a>.</p><p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 13:50:25 +0000 Sarah Hulett 14682 at http://michiganradio.org What is 'nature deficit disorder,' and how is one school fixing it? State of Opportunity today: Be A Man http://michiganradio.org/post/state-opportunity-today-be-man <p>Today at 3pm on Michigan Radio, our <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/be-man-story-six-chapters">State of Opportunity</a> team presents its latest documentary.</p><p>Dustin Dwyer takes a look at men in our society. It’s a story in six parts.</p><p>It features the voices of men and young men from River Rouge High School, a church in Grand Rapids, and a martial arts gym in Lansing.</p><p>It even takes us to the Davis Primate Center in California, where we learn about a species of ape where the females – not the males – are dominant.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:18:20 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13690 at http://michiganradio.org State of Opportunity today: Be A Man Need some inspiration? Listen to these high schoolers http://michiganradio.org/post/need-some-inspiration-listen-these-high-schoolers <p>State of Opportunity has a new storytelling booth that can easily go places and record lots of personal stories in one fell swoop.&nbsp;</p><p>For its first trip I took the booth to <a href="http://sexton.lansingschools.net/pages/JWSexton_HS">J.W. Sexton High School</a> in downtown Lansing. I wanted to catch the graduating class a few weeks before their big day.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 17:42:24 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 12896 at http://michiganradio.org Need some inspiration? Listen to these high schoolers Three little-known facts about charter schools in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/three-little-known-facts-about-charter-schools-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Today, on <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/">State of Opportunity</a>, I report on a troubling fact of charter school expansion in Michigan: <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/some-charter-schools-focus-quality-others-focus-marketing-guess-which-ones-are-winning">Some of the state's best charter schools are struggling to compete against low-performing charter schools</a>. The reason, simply enough, is marketing. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:03:51 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 12266 at http://michiganradio.org Three little-known facts about charter schools in Michigan