Annie E. Casey Foundation http://michiganradio.org en New report breaks down inequality among Michigan children by race http://michiganradio.org/post/new-report-breaks-down-inequality-among-michigan-children-race <p>A newly released <a href="http://www.aecf.org/~/media/Pubs/Initiatives/KIDS%20COUNT/R/RaceforResults/RaceforResults.pdf">report</a>&nbsp;is breaking new ground in the study of inequality among our children.</p><p>The report is from the Annie E. Casey Foundation for Kids Count. It's titled "Race for Results: building a path to opportunity for all children."</p><p>For the first time, it creates an index that looks at conditions for children by race.</p><p>Our next guest believes it contains troubling findings for Michigan children and the need for a major call to action.</p><p>Jane Zehnder-Merrell is project director of Kids Count in Michigan with the Michigan League for Public Policy, and she joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:14:04 +0000 Stateside Staff 17062 at http://michiganradio.org New report breaks down inequality among Michigan children by race Michigan kids are in bad shape when it comes to economic well-being http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-kids-are-bad-shape-when-it-comes-economic-well-being <p>The Annie E. Casey Foundation has issued its <a href="http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data#MI/2/0">annual Kids Count report</a> on the well-being of children across the nation. In Michigan, the outline is a mixed bag, but overall Michigan is last among Great Lakes states for child well-being.</p><p>There were improvements in how well kids are doing in school, some improvements in the area of the health of kids and the number who have health insurance, but in every category of economic well-being, children in Michigan are in worse shape.</p><p>Patrick McCarthy is the President and Chief Executive author of Kids Count, and he joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 22:16:17 +0000 Stateside Staff 13213 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan kids are in bad shape when it comes to economic well-being In this morning's news: High childhood poverty rate, home foreclosure changes, beach quality better http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-high-childhood-poverty-rate-home-foreclosure-changes-beach-quality-better <p><strong>Childhood poverty rate high in Michigan</strong></p><p>This year’s <a href="http://www.mlpp.org/kids-count">Kids Count report</a> from the Michigan League for Public Policy and the Annie E. Casey Foundation says Michigan ranks 31st nationwide for overall child well-being. Michigan League for Public Policy President Gilda Jacobs told Michigan Radio's Jake Neher that state lawmakers should restore Michigan’s tax credits for low-income families and ease restrictions on welfare cash assistance.</p><p><strong>Possible changes in home foreclosure rules</strong></p><p>Legislation in Lansing could change home foreclosure rules in Michigan. Currently, after a foreclosure, homeowners get six months after it gets sold at auction to regain the property. Under the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/proposed-changes-michigan-s-home-foreclosure-laws-allow-unannounced-inspections">proposed changes</a>, a homeowner would lose that redemption period if the house is damaged. The idea is to stop homeowners going through foreclosure from damaging the home.<br><br>Neeta Delaney, director of the Michigan Foreclosure Task Force, told Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith she worries the provision would only make the foreclosure process more contentious.</p><p><strong>Michigan beachgoers lost 755 days of water access</strong></p><p>The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's annual <a href="http://www.deq.state.mi.us/beach/">beach quality report</a> says Michigan beachgoers lost 755 days of water access in 2012 because of pollution. The most common cause for beach closings was the presence of bacteria from human or animal feces. Altogether, 166 beaches were closed for a total of 755 days in 2012. That's down from 913 days&nbsp; in 2011.</p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 11:05:20 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13203 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: High childhood poverty rate, home foreclosure changes, beach quality better