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After the Trump assassination attempt, defining democracy gets even harder; Trump picks Sen. JD Vance of Ohio, a once-fierce critic turned loyal ally, as his GOP running mate; DC residents push back on natural gas infrastructure buildup; and a new law allows youth on Medi-Cal to consent to mental health treatment.

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Donald Trump is formally put up for GOP nomination and picks Ohio Senator J.D. Vance as his running mate. Former presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy and swing state delegates consider ticket.

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Enticing remote workers to move is a new business strategy in rural America, Eastern Kentucky preservationists want to save the 20th century home of a trailblazing coal miner, and a rule change could help small meat and poultry growers and consumers.

Many Michigan kids of color face significant barriers to reaching potential

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Monday, January 22, 2024   

Black children in Michigan are performing worse than their peers nationally in every metric measured, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's new Race for Results report.

The January report shows an overall nationwide failure to equip all children to succeed - with policy choices and lack of support for families resulting in particularly dire outcomes for Black, Latino and American Indian or Alaska Native children.

Monique Stanton - president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy and Michigan Kids Count - said Michigan's Black children are far behind their national peers when it comes to graduating high school on time, completing an associate's degree and fourth-grade reading proficiency.

"State budgets have gone a long way making sure schools are sufficiently funded," said Stanton, "that's on the heels of decades of disinvestment in education, and that is compounded by a history of discriminatory policies rooted in racism around housing, property tax limits and local funding for neighborhoods."

Michigan did show positives with an increase of American Indian and Hispanic students graduating high school on time, more than by other students in Michigan and also by their national peers.

The report indicates that just 20% of Michigan's Black students earned an associate's degree or higher compared with 42% of Michigan's young adults overall.

Stanton pointed out that Michigan is doing well when it comes to adults age 25 to 29 who have completed an associate's degree or higher.

"When it comes to funding and supporting education," said Stanton, "we must make deliberate choices to make sure that the next generation of students has the tools and resources they need to get ahead regardless of race, ZIP code or income."

Michigan has also seen an uptick when it comes to children living in two-parent households, which statistically have more resources and are more financially secure than single-parent households.

This increase applied to Black, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic, and Asian and Pacific Islander children - as well as children who identify as two or more races.



Disclosure: Michigan League for Public Policy/KIDS COUNT contributes to our fund for reporting on Budget Policy & Priorities, Children's Issues, Livable Wages/Working Families, Poverty Issues. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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