Paulette Parker

Digital Journalist - Blogger

Paulette is a blogger for Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity project, which looks at kids from low-income families and what it takes to get them ahead. She previously interned as a reporter in the Michigan Radio newsroom.

Before working at Michigan Radio, she was the news editor of The Washtenaw Voice at Washtenaw Community College. She has an associate degree in journalism from WCC. And she is currently a junior at Eastern Michigan University, pursuing a bachelor's degree in media studies and journalism.

When she isn't working she is spending time with her husband and two young daughters.

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When State of Opportunity talks about inequality, there seems to be an overwhelming amount of bad news. Income inequality is growing.

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Holding people in jail because they are too poor to make bail is unconstitutional, the U.S. Department of Justice declared in a court filing last week.

The filing came in support of the case of Maurice Walker of Calhoun, Georgia, who was kept in jail six nights because he could not pay the fixed bail amount of $160.

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Hospitals seem to prefer kids with private insurance over those with public insurance, and it shows in how they're treated.

That's according to a recent paper by Princeton economists Diane Alexander and Janet Currie.

The researchers looked at hospital billings from New Jersey, for kids who visited any emergency room between 2006 and 2012.

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Today, the most economically segregating school district border in the nation is the one that separates Detroit Public Schools from the Grosse Pointe Public School system.

That's according to a new report released Tuesday by EdBuild, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit that studies school funding.

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Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton signed a welfare reform bill he said would "end welfare as we know it."

The goal of the bill was to get poor families off welfare and into the workforce.

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College is expensive.

The national average cost of attending a four-year public college is over $28,000 per year, according to Forbes. The cost of attending a four-year private college is more than twice as much.

And the price of college tuition is still going up.

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In June, the U.S. Department of Education released its 2013-2014 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) results.

The CRDC is an annual survey of all public schools and school districts in the country.

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Have you ever found yourself in a stressful or overwhelming situation where you had to tell yourself to stop and breathe?

If so, you've practiced mindfulness and may not have even known it.

Rita Benn is co-founder of the Michigan Collaborative for Mindfulness in Education. She explained to Michigan Radio's The Next Idea:

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Highland Park, Michigan was the birthplace of the automotive moving assembly line. The Highland Park Ford Plant produced the Model T, the world's first affordable car.

But the small town embedded within Detroit has since fallen on hard times.

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If you follow State of Opportunity regularly, you make have noticed us talk before about "ban the box" policies.

The "box" is the question that asks about a job applicant's criminal history. These policies are designed to prohibit employers from inquiring about this until later in the hiring process, so that people with records aren't automatically shut out of the job market.