• Road plan is reason to celebrate 

    A bipartisan road funding package approved Dec. 19 by the Legislature and supported by Gov. Rick Snyder would help Michigan's economy. 

    The compromise plan, if passed by voters May 5, pays for sorely needed improvements in Michigan's roads and adds dollars to classrooms, all while it protects families earning the least. 

    Statement | Blog | MLive story

  • Promoting literacy in Michigan

    As Michigan lawmakers consider legislation that would hold back third-graders not proficient in reading for up to two years, it would be wise for them to look at lessons learned in other states as well as the potential impact on children, schools and communities.

    There’s no evidence that mandatory retention alone promotes reading, while many studies point to harmful effects.

      Report | Executive Summary



  • Kids Count in Michigan Data Book 2015

    As more than 750,000 Michigan public college students prepare to start a new school year, one group is finding it harder than ever to participate: Older adults.

    Michigan offers no financial aid grants to attend a public university or community college for those who graduated from high school more than 10 years ago.

    - See more at: http://www.mlpp.org/michigans-big-flaw-in-jobs-strategy#sthash.gVbdRwjx.dpuf

    As more than 750,000 Michigan public college students prepare to start a new school year, one group is finding it harder than ever to participate: Older adults.

    Michigan offers no financial aid grants to attend a public university or community college for those who graduated from high school more than 10 years ago.

    - See more at: http://www.mlpp.org/michigans-big-flaw-in-jobs-strategy#sthash.gVbdRwjx.dpuf

    Image of Kids Count in Michigan Data Book 2015The Kids Count in Michigan Data Book, released Feb. 19, ranks counties by overall child well-being and provides in-depth local information on 15 indicators in the areas of economic security, health, family and community and education.

    It looks at trends over time where data is available and recommends policies to improve the lives of kids.

    Report | News release  | Blog

     

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    What’s New

    JaDeary Lannoye | Mayor Hopewell | Robert KleineDec. 9 Blog: Unemployment drama reduxSept. 22 News release: Child care system falls shortan. 26 News release: Lopsided income growth in Michigan

    Feb. 26 Webinar: Sign up for March 6 advocacy training
    Feb. 25 News release: A better measure for child poverty in Michigan
    Feb. 24
    Budget Brief: First Look at the Governor’s 2016 Budget
    Feb. 23 Infographic: Kids Count in Michigan Data Book 2015
    Feb. 19 Blog: Why kids count
    Feb. 19 Report: Kids Count in Michigan Data Book 2015