‘An assistant teacher, lunch lady, janitor and IT person’: Parents juggle, struggle amid COVID-19 crisis

BY: - September 28, 2020

Being a parent of young children can be a challenge under normal circumstances. The COVID-19 pandemic has naturally made that much tougher for many families. Theresa Mitchell is a mother of two young Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) students who are being educated online. Mitchell preferred for them to learn in-person, but there were […]


Rick Haglund: Blacks have lost ground in Michigan — and it’s dragging down the economy

BY: - September 12, 2020

In his long career as a University of Michigan labor economist, Don Grimes never focused his research on race-based income inequality. “I’ve always believed in the power of markets,” Grimes told me.  “I figured the markets would sort this out.”  But a new study he, and U of M colleagues Gabriel Ehrlich and Michael McWilliams […]


Susan J. Demas: We failed on COVID-19. An entire generation of kids will pay the price.

BY: - September 3, 2020

Over the last week, my two teenagers went back to school online during fairly momentous times in their educational development. My youngest is a high school junior who has a year of college boards and, in normal times, college visits ahead of him. My oldest is a freshman at Michigan State University, where she was […]

USDA extends free student meal programs through end of 2020 

BY: - September 1, 2020

The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Tuesday granted requests from federal lawmakers for extensions on free meal programs for schoolchildren. After his department received numerous requests for flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic, no-cost summer meal programs have been extended through the fall, per Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who called the situation “unprecedented.”  “This extension […]

Michigan says $600M will be used to settle some Flint water crisis lawsuits 

BY: - August 20, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said on Thursday that the state is making a preliminary $600 million settlement with Flint residents who were adversely affected when the city’s water source was switched in 2014. Six years ago, while under state emergency management during the former Gov. Rick Snyder administration, the city […]


Column: Congress must help abused children during the COVID-19 crisis

BY: - August 6, 2020

As Congress debates a $1 trillion package for additional pandemic relief, the COVID-19 virus is unleashing a separate pandemic — one in which many children are facing more physical and sexual violence. This crisis is one Congress can address by putting some of the relief funding toward the fight against child exploitation. The Rape, Abuse […]

Border officials didn’t follow guidelines on migrant children’s health care, govt. investigators find

BY: - July 16, 2020

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has not consistently followed new guidelines for medical care of migrant children and spent some of the agency’s money designated for “medical care” on unrelated items like printers, speakers and its canine program, according to a new federal investigation. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), an independent “congressional watchdog,” […]


Column: How are kids doing in Michigan? Let’s look at the numbers.

BY: - July 1, 2020

For some of us, tracking the COVID-19 pandemic has become a part of daily life. In a small way, peering over the trackers, maps, graphs and charts can help us feel in control — like we know what’s going on around us and around the world.  We all cope in different ways. For some, that […]

Michigan ranks 32nd for overall child well-being

BY: - June 22, 2020

Despite small improvements to children’s health, economic well-being, education, and family and community relationships, Michigan still only ranks 32nd in the nation for overall child well-being.  According to several indicators by the national 2020 Kids Count Data Book, released Monday by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation, Michigan’s best ranking is health at 22nd in […]


Terrence Martin: Lessons for my Black son

BY: - June 20, 2020

In some cultures, when a boy reaches the age of 13, his entire community comes together to acknowledge his coming of age in a ceremony that celebrates the beginning of manhood. I’ve had to teach my 13-year-old son that being perceived as a grown Black man can be dangerous. I am afraid for my son. […]

Child abuse and neglect worsens in Michigan, causing major worries during COVID-19 

BY: - April 29, 2020

In almost every county in the state, the number of children subject to abuse and neglect has increased, according to a new report by the Lansing-based think tank the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP). From 2010 until 2018, the most recent year of data, the number of children in families investigated for abuse or […]

Michigan sees COVID-19 deaths almost double in a day

BY: - March 25, 2020

Forty-three people have now died of COVID-19 in Michigan — up from 24 reported on Tuesday.  A statewide coronavirus hotline is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136. Information can be found on the DHHS website or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention website. There are […]