Race, Place and Policy Matter in Education

In the growing clamor for education reform in Michigan—by current state leaders and those who hope to be elected this fall—the inescapable truth of deep…

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Grand Rapids’ Third Ward Being Left Behind in Economic Development

As Grand Rapids has experienced strong economic growth in recent years, some communities have been left behind. The lack of economic opportunities is more significant…

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The American Dream Is Harder To Find In Some Neighborhoods

Does the neighborhood you grow up in determine how far you move up the economic ladder? A new online data tool being made public October 1,…

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Michigan Communities With the Highest Poverty Rate

One of seven Michiganders lived below the poverty line in 2017, but those numbers vary considerably by county and community, according to Census data Last week,…

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Creating a Data Culture

During a five-year research project I conducted about what makes organizations successful, I learned a shocking statistic: While 75 percent of nonprofits collect data, only 6 percent feel they…

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