state of opportunity http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org en State of Opportunity special: Do we really have a plan for at-risk kids? http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/state-opportunity-special-do-we-really-have-plan-risk-kids <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's widespread recognition that education creates opportunity. But schools are often expected to provide much more than just education for kids struggling with poverty. So what are the effects of that expectation?&nbsp;Are kids getting watered-down educations and watered-down social services as schools struggle to do both?&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:31:37 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 567 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org State of Opportunity special: Do we really have a plan for at-risk kids? As it turns out, it really does take a village to raise a child http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/it-turns-out-it-really-does-take-village-raise-child <p>Well hello there! How have you been? It's been a while since my last post – three months, to be exact. I've been out on maternity leave and just got back to work and I have to say, I have a newfound respect for single parents.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:49:32 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 566 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org As it turns out, it really does take a village to raise a child How do you get a kid out of a bad situation? Start with one person who cares. http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/how-do-you-get-kid-out-bad-situation-start-one-person-who-cares <p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Stories on State of Opportunity are all about ways to help disadvantaged kids find success in life. But when you meet a successful adult who grew up disadvantaged, they have a story that is like many others.</span></em></p><p><em>They didn’t get where they are by accident. They worked hard, of course, but usually, they also had some help. &nbsp;And often, that help can be traced back to one person who decided to make a difference.</em></p><p><em>Today, we're starting an occasional series about the people who make that decision. We’re calling this series, "One Person Who Cared." &nbsp;To share your own "One Person Who Cared" story, click <a href="https://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/source/en/insight/f8f8b186694f#query-respond">here</a>.&nbsp;</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I met Jamie Alexander a couple of years ago. She’s a social worker for a program in Grand Rapids called Strong Beginnings, which helps African-American moms have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.</span></p><p>But on the car ride to one of her client’s homes, Alexander told me her own story.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"My mom was a drug addict, an alcoholic," Alexander said. "And my dad was not around."</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 565 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org How do you get a kid out of a bad situation? Start with one person who cares. Call-in show: what's the best strategy to help at-risk youth? http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/call-show-whats-best-strategy-help-risk-youth <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This Thursday, we're shifting gears at State of Opportunity. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For our call-in show, we want to talk with you and our invited guests about ways to help at-risk kids break the cycle of poverty.&nbsp;</span></p><p>People posting to our Facebook conversation so far have been adamant that schools and education are <em>the </em>way to give kids a better chance in life.</p><p>Maybe.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:35:11 +0000 Kimberly Springer 564 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org Call-in show: what's the best strategy to help at-risk youth? Tech & Opportunity: It's about more than iPads http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/tech-opportunity-its-about-more-ipads <p>In the run-up to our <strong>call-in show</strong> for next week, we're looking for alternatives to schools as the solution for breaking the cycle of poverty for Michigan's children.</p><p>The point is not that education isn't the answer, but what haven't we tried?</p><p>Technology, as we've said before, has its costs and benefits. But when it comes to low-income kids and technology, the assumption is that no money equals no technology.</p><p>That assumption is wrong.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:23:31 +0000 Kimberly Springer 563 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org Tech & Opportunity: It's about more than iPads Schools as the default solution: The right move? http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/schools-default-solution-right-move <p>For the rest of this week and next, we're preparing for our upcoming <strong>call-in show</strong>.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We've focused a lot on schools and education because it's such a huge part of children's&nbsp;and parents' lives. After all, after age five, that's where kids spend most of their time and have formative experiences.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But when it comes to answering the big questions, do we rely too much on schools? What solutions do we overlook when we put all our eggs in the education basket?&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:41:33 +0000 Kimberly Springer 562 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org Schools as the default solution: The right move? What kids with disabilities bring to the classroom http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/what-kids-disabilities-bring-classroom <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bentley loves people. He’s usually wearing a big smile. &nbsp;He’s a joy. But his mother, Adrienne Crawford, admits he’s a lot of work, too.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I took a three-minute shower" the other day, &nbsp;says Crawford. "And I came back and his bedroom was covered in baby powder. I don’t know why he did it. &nbsp;I guess it looks fun, just pouring white powder on the floor.”</span></p><p>Bentley has Down syndrome.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:23:29 +0000 Zak Rosen & Andrea Claire Maio 560 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org What kids with disabilities bring to the classroom Tennessee once lagged Michigan in education. Now it's a national leader, while Michigan falls behind http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/tennessee-once-lagged-michigan-education-now-its-national-leader-while-michigan-falls-behind <p></p><p>Going to college may soon get a lot easier – if you live in Tennessee.&nbsp;</p><p>The Tennessee Legislature <a href="http://www.memphisdailynews.com/news/2014/apr/7/haslam-free-tuition-plan-garners-praise-concern/">is moving forward</a> on a proposal that would offer two free years of community college enrollment to any high school graduate in the state. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam first introduced the idea during his state of the state speech in February. Haslam calls the plan the "Tennessee Promise" (<a href="https://www.kalamazoopromise.com/">sound familiar?</a>). According to <a href="http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/files/TN%20Promise%20FAQ.pdf">a fact sheet</a> released by Haslam's office, about 25,000 students are expected to apply, at an annual cost to the state of about $34 million. Haslam proposes paying for the Tennessee Promise through an endowment created with state lottery funds.&nbsp;</p><p>"Tennessee will be the only state in the country to offer our high school graduates two years of community college with no tuition or fees along with the support of dedicated mentors," Haslam said in his state of the state address. "Net cost to the state, zero. Next impact on our future, priceless."&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:07:58 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 561 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org Tennessee once lagged Michigan in education. Now it's a national leader, while Michigan falls behind How many parents does a kid need? How about three? http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/how-many-parents-does-kid-need-how-about-three <p>Former State of Opportunity <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/ideas-stuff-how-poor-are-depicted-part-1">intern extraordinaire</a>&nbsp;Gabrielle Emanuel <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/03/30/296851662/three-parents-can-be-a-crowd-but-for-some-its-a-family?live=1">recently did a story for NPR</a> that resonates with events in Michigan. Emanuel takes a look at states that provide options for families with more than two parents involved in a child's upbringing.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:17:32 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 559 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org How many parents does a kid need? How about three? What should our next infowire story be? http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/what-should-our-next-infowire-story-be <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="407" scrolling="no" src="//embed.gettyimages.com/embed/109374599?et=vGCrwSbdykaUz6O3GogkeQ&amp;sig=Ip7hqzD7PwrhzstZQmnLj4oYq69WdaHxFAqrr0GkRWo=" width="507"></iframe>Actually, we're already working on the next Infowire story. But, we're open to ideas for the story after that.&nbsp;</p><p>As a refresher, the idea behind Infowire&nbsp;is to begin to fill gaps in the news for low-income families.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:27:41 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 558 at http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org