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State of Opportunity is a multi-year reporting and community engagement project focused on how poverty affects children in Michigan. It will shed light on the challenges of growing up or raising kids while struggling to pay the bills and highlight the successes and the resilience of these families and the people who serve them.
Friday, May 24, 2013 12:40pm
We know not all public schools are the same. Some are amazing, some are fine, and some are failing. The same is true about charter schools.
"Some of the fastest growing charter networks have been these charter operators that have been low performing," says David Zeman, who works for the group. "We support charter schools that make a difference, we just think there should be some common sense quality standards."
Thursday, May 23, 2013 3:08pmYes, we have lots of content here on the State of Opportunity blog: audio from our features; full-length recording and transcripts of topical documentaries; and hat-tip to good writing and data around the web about kids, education, poverty, health, and community in Michigan.We're also building connections to the other new sources and projects concerned about these issues.Thursday, May 23, 2013 10:28am
We love research. Studies grounded in empirical research drive a lot of what we do and who we talk to for State of Opportunity reporting. Yet, if we take a step back, maybe we should periodically reflect on the actual practice of research, in addition to intent and outcomes.Wednesday, May 22, 2013 6:00am
When airlines and travelers complained of long flight delays due to the sequester, Congress jumped into action and passed a quick resolution to end the delays. Meanwhile the millions of low-income families who lives are being impacted by the sequester continue to wait for Congress’ help.
The cuts keep rolling inTuesday, May 21, 2013 11:15am
Yesterday the Brookings Institution released some new data about the rise in suburban poverty. Across the nation there are now more people living in poverty in suburbs than in urban areas.