jane zehnder-merrell 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 Report: Michigan's low-income 4th-graders need to improve their reading proficiency http://michiganradio.org/post/report-michigans-low-income-4th-graders-need-improve-their-reading-proficiency <p>A new report finds Michigan’s poorest children have failed to make up any ground in their reading skills in the past decade.</p><p></p><p>According to the latest Kids Count report, 81% of low-income 4th-graders in Michigan are not reading proficiently. Michigan is among six states that have seen no improvement in that rate since 2003.</p><p></p><p>Jane Zehnder-Merrell is the project director for Kids Count Michigan. She says fourth grade is a pivotal age, since that’s where children stop learning to read and start reading to learn.</p><p></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16201 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Michigan's low-income 4th-graders need to improve their reading proficiency