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From cradle through career, education programs exist to help children and youth learn, grow, and succeed in school and in life. But how do decision makers know which interventions work? How can their investments address institutional and systemic...
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Announcing winter 2023 Ford School events

Jan 11, 2023
 The Ford School is pleased to announce an exciting lineup for the winter 2023 Policy Talks @ the Ford School series and other special public events hosted with partners from across campus. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise...
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EPI examines education impacts of the Flint Water Crisis

Dec 4, 2022
Eight years ago, the Flint water crisis captured national attention when the city’s tap water was shown to be contaminated with lead. Since then, researchers have been rigorously studying this crisis and measuring the effects of this lead exposure...
In the Media

Wolfers on student loans: 'Borrow from your future self"

Nov 18, 2022 CNN
Justin Wolfers, CNN: "I tell my students, 'Go ahead and borrow.' And that might sound like counter-intuitive advice from an economist, but here's how I want you to think about it: Go ahead and borrow money from that part of your life when you're...
In the Media

Stall in student debt relief significant for Detroiters - Hanson

Nov 13, 2022 WXYZ
Jonathan Hanson, WXYZ: “This court decision is really quite significant because it ordered the administration to halt the whole process. For now everyone who’s applied for loan forgiveness has to wait for this process to unfold. Student debt is an...
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Stange research quantifies “brain drain”

Sep 23, 2022
Many states invest heavily in their institutions of higher education only to see graduates leave for employment opportunities. To better understand that dynamic, Ford School Professor Kevin Stange and his colleagues developed a new measure of labor...
In the Media

Reducing student loan debt is a significant step - Michelmore

Sep 12, 2022 Oakland Press
Over 1.3 million Michiganders hold around $50 billion in student loan debt, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Education. The Biden administration's plan to forgive $10,000 of loan debt, and up to $20,000 for those students who...
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Amplifying youth voices to drive change in Detroit

Sep 7, 2022
Imagine, summer vacation is coming to an end and you must start school next week, but you haven’t been able to shower in a week. Would you be able to focus on school? That was the question posed by a group of teens and young adults advocating for...
In the Media

Nothaft promotes universal free lunch

Sep 4, 2022 Michigan Radio
As the school year begins, thousands of Michigan children are eligible for free school meals, according to Michigan Radio. While free and reduced lunch programs are great, Poverty Solutions analyst Amanda Nothaft called universal free lunch “a...
In the Media

Bednar: Education looms large in Michigan governor's race

Aug 8, 2022 Chalkbeat
In the aftermath of the Michigan primary elections on August 2, the race for governor will feature incumber Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer and challenger Republican Tudor Dixon. An article in Chalkbeat states the school choice will be a major...
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Stamps students join Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project

Jul 12, 2022
Students from the University of Michigan's Penny Stamps School of Art and Design spent a part of their summer in the city of Detroit, gaining valuable experience as interns in the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project (DNEP) + Impact Studio for...
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Lewis to co-lead University's Inclusive History Project

Jun 8, 2022
The University of Michigan is set to begin a multifaceted, years-long project to study, document and better understand the university’s history with respect to diversity, equity and inclusion — with the history of race and racism at U-M as its first...