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Poor kids in Michigan, and across the country, do worse in school than their wealthier peers.

That’s particularly true for kids attending schools where most of the other students are also low-income, too. Schools that do manage to get kids in concentrated poverty performing on par with wealthier peers are the exception.

This information is probably not all that surprising to you. But if you need a visual aid, take a look at where the bottom 5% of schools are in Michigan. 

Preschoolers
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If you plan on sending your kid to full-time day care or preschool, you better start saving.

That's because the average cost of child care in the U.S. now tops the average cost of in-state college tuition, according to a new report from the think tank New America.

two young kids reading a book
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What was your favorite book as a kid?

For me, it was Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends. I’d take it with me to school, to sleepovers, to the park. I read it so many times that I can still recite some of the poems by heart. 

But for poor children, books aren’t so easy to come by.

Baby yawning
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When I became a mom, I was surprised – and overwhelmed – by the amount of diapers my daughter went through.

And it was expensive.

I can't imagine what it must be like to have to choose between diapers for your baby, and other necessities like food and rent.

5 things to remember when talking about Flint's water crisis

Oct 2, 2015
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The city of Flint has seen better days. Not only did the county just declare a public health emergency due to toxic drinking water in some homes, Flint was named the third most dangerous city in the U.S. earlier this week. 

If you haven’t been paying attention to what’s happening in Flint, you should be. Here are some things to keep in mind when you do:  

Adam Allington / Michigan Radio

Democrats on the presidential campaign trail are pitching their college affordability plans to voters. And they’re (Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley) largely united in their calls for debt-free higher education.

Michigan leads nation in fighting hunger on campus

Aug 31, 2015
Photo courtesy of Nate Smith-Tyge

Regular State of Opportunity readers and listeners can probably rattle off a list of different barriers low-income, first-generation, and/or homeless college students face on campus. One that often goes unnoticed and forgotten is something too many college students face on a daily basis: hunger.

EdBuild / US Census, 2006-2013

In the aftermath of the Great Recession the number of students living in poverty is continuing to increase. That is the key finding of seven years of data taken from every public school district in the country. This data was organized geographically by EdBuild, a new national nonprofit focusing on funding for public education.

Shifting Demographics

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Who is poor? Who is low-income? It’s a question our team and others who report on issues of poverty grapple with a lot.  

My news editor and I did a quick search of the newsroom's story database from the past two months, and it turns out Michigan Radio reporters and hosts used the term poor on air twice as often as low-income. So I wanted to know: does it matter which term we use to describe people?

Jennifer Guerra / Michigan Radio

We've talked a lot about what it's like to be a first generation student at the University of Michigan, and what it's like to be a first generation student at Grand Valley State University. Now let's take a look at what it's like to be one at Michigan State University.

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