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The University of Michigan and Harvard University are teaming up to tackle poverty and opioid addiction in Detroit.

2018 Kids Count in Michigan: A Michigan Where All Kids Thrive
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For more than a decade, proficiency skills among elementary students have been in steep decline, particularly in reading.  The 2018 Michigan Kids Count Data Book, released today by the Michigan League for Public Policy, sheds some light on the factors that influence a child's success in school. 


Children
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Michigan's child poverty rate decreased to about 21 percent in 2016, but disparities among racial groups remain.

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The state Legislature began discussions Wednesday on the newest plan to make people work for Medicaid.


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A new online map of Michigan has been developed to make large volumes of data about poverty and well-being easier to understand.

Kathryn Edin photo
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Kathryn Edin, a co-author of the book “$2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America,” will speak in the WKAR-TV studios on Thursday.


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A new report finds that only one in eight Michigan children who are eligible for free and reduced lunches during the school year are participating in summer meal programs.  That means nearly 500,000 children are not accessing summer meals.  

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As families deal with Flint’s ongoing water crisis, the work being done in the schools where they send their children might be more important than ever.

The Michigan State University College of Education has had a long relationship with Flint Community Schools, and that effort was boosted last week by a $2 million grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.