State of Opportunity http://michiganradio.org en Do you judge people based on the way they speak? http://michiganradio.org/post/do-you-judge-people-based-way-they-speak <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, State of Opportunity's Jennifer Guerra explored </span><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/what-happens-when-our-biases-against-certain-dialects-color-what-we-hear" style="line-height: 1.5;">language and discrimination</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. She talked to Robin Queen, a linguist who teaches a class about it at the University of Michigan.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From Guerra's story:</span></p><blockquote><p>Queen says people often think there's one right way to speak, what linguists call Standard American English, or "The Standard," and everyone else is doing it wrong.</p><p></p><p>"Who gets to decide they can police someone else's language?" asks Queen. "I mean, when did we get to this point that shaming people for their language is fine?"</p></blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Remember the George Zimmerman trial last year? You probably read headlines about it somewhere, or maybe watched coverage of it on TV.</span></p><p>If you got to hear any of the testimony, you may remember Rachel&nbsp;Jeantel. She's a young, African-American woman who was the primary witness for the prosecution, and was on the phone with&nbsp;Trayvon&nbsp;Martin on the day he died.&nbsp;</p><p>When&nbsp;Jeantel&nbsp;began speaking, people both in and out of the courtroom focused on the way she spoke.</p><p>Why?&nbsp;</p><p>Check out <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/what-happens-when-our-biases-against-certain-dialects-color-what-we-hear">Guerra's piece</a>. You can watch testimony from the Zimmerman trial and read about a study from MSU on language and discrimination that has some surprising results.&nbsp;</p><p><em>-- Lucy Perkins, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:31:35 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18310 at http://michiganradio.org Do you judge people based on the way they speak? For school featured in "The Education Gap," some victories and more challenges http://michiganradio.org/post/school-featured-education-gap-some-victories-and-more-challenges <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At the beginning of the school year, Jennifer Guerra spent a lot of time at two different schools for her documentary,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/education-gap-transcript-and-audio" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"><em>The Education Gap.</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;One of the schools had plenty of resources, the other did not.</span></p><p>Jen went back to the school where poverty is a real struggle for nearly all of the students. There have been some changes since she last visited. For example, school officials&nbsp;now say its OK for us to identify the school on&nbsp;air (<span style="line-height: 1.5;">we refer to the school as School X in the documentary.)&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's Myers Elementary in Taylor. But whether it's referred to as School X or Myers, the&nbsp;school is still caught in the nexus of having few tools to deal with some of society's most complicated problems.&nbsp;</span></p><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;">But there have been several smaller, more personal victories. T<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he principal has convinced some kids that college is an option they can and should be serious about. And some of the kids hungry for more challenging academics have gotten more attention.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Read and listen to what difference a year makes at&nbsp;<a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/they-come-and-go-its-noisy-these-5th-graders-still-picked-some-big-lessons" target="_blank">State of Opportunity</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:08:35 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 17954 at http://michiganradio.org For school featured in "The Education Gap," some victories and more challenges Second chance for a clean record in "teen court" http://michiganradio.org/post/second-chance-clean-record-teen-court <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For a kid caught stealing a $30 bracelet from a store,&nbsp; juvenile court would likely be the next stop.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But a "teen court" program in Detroit gives some teenagers a chance to avoid the juvenile&nbsp;justice system. It's one of about 1,000 programs across the country.</span></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 17:59:18 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17852 at http://michiganradio.org Second chance for a clean record in "teen court" Here's what it's like to live off tips in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/heres-what-its-live-tips-michigan <p>Denise Gleich is a 30-year veteran of the restaurant industry in Michigan.</p><p>She's raised three daughters on the wages and tips she earned, but says the industry has changed and she wants out.&nbsp;</p><p>Tipped workers will make 60% less than minimum wage <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/living-tips-and-not-minimum-wage">under legislation Governor Snyder signed into law</a> on Tuesday.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px;">The&nbsp;</span><a href="http://shriverreport.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/20140325-minimum-wage-and-women-report-FINAL.pdf" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">majority of tipped workers are women</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px;">.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px;">I took the State of Opportunity story booth to a&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.cew.umich.edu/progevents/women-and-economic-security-changing-policy-and-practice-conference-sheryl-wudunn-keynote" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">recent gathering of women talking about economic security</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px;">.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px;">Gleich was the first woman to walk into that room.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px;">Read and listen to her story <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/living-tips-and-not-minimum-wage">here</a>.</span></p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 14:34:19 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 17776 at http://michiganradio.org Here's what it's like to live off tips in Michigan Getting treatment for asthma is difficult for children living in poverty http://michiganradio.org/post/getting-treatment-asthma-difficult-children-living-poverty <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">At the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, 11-year-old Brianna&nbsp;</span>Allgood<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;is being tested by a machine called a&nbsp;</span>spirometer<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">. It measures her breathing.</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;">Brianna has asthma. Sometimes she has difficulty breathing. Most of us would have a hard time imagining what that’s like.</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;">“It feels like your chest starts tightening and you’re like and you can’t really breathe much air,” Brianna said.&nbsp;</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;">Vickie Elliot is Brianna’s grandmother. She says she finds herself checking in on Brianna – a lot – just to make sure she’s breathing okay.</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;">“Having a child like that in the home is scary because anything could happen,” Elliot said.</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;">Brianna is luckier than some kids with asthma. Her family can get her to the clinic. They now know how to treat the asthma.</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;">Elliott says it’s made a difference.</p><p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:41:53 +0000 Lester Graham 17350 at http://michiganradio.org Getting treatment for asthma is difficult for children living in poverty Lester Graham's upcoming documentary, "Growing up in Poverty and Pollution" http://michiganradio.org/post/lester-grahams-upcoming-documentary-growing-poverty-and-pollution <p></p><p>Children growing up in poverty face huge challenges. One challenge that might not come to the top of the mind, though, is pollution.</p><p>As part of Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity project, reporter Lester Graham spent the past three months exploring the problem.</p><p>His documentary, "Growing up in Poverty and Pollution," will air tomorrow at 3 p.m. on Michigan Radio.</p><p>Lester joined us today to talk about his project.</p><p><em>*Listen to the audio above.</em></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:37:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 17336 at http://michiganradio.org Lester Graham's upcoming documentary, "Growing up in Poverty and Pollution" 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