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Superintendent Nikolai Vitti works with a student on a personal computer at Cooke STEM Academy

Detroit district aims to give a laptop to every student, starting with three schools

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti's goal is to give every core teacher an electronic whiteboard and get a personal laptop in the hands of every student in his district by 2023—a move that he says is sure to improve learning.

Amanda Alexander, founder of the Detroit Justice Center

Restorative justice city: One woman's quest to create a more just Detroit

The Detroit Justice Center will provide community legal services to underserved Detroiters, support other equity organizations, and promote "just city" initiatives with the ultimate goal of creating a more just Detroit.

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Overcoming racism in Michigan

Michiganders are unifying their communities and finding peaceful pathways to overcome racism, along with the divisiveness, segregation, and disparities it causes.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Taking the 'high road'

Green stormwater infrastructure is one of the most important tools we have for cleaning the Great Lakes. But paying for and managing it with public assets alone is daunting. Here's how leveraging private sector resources for green infrastructure can achieve multiple public goals.

SMART bus in downtown Detroit

What's next for regional transit in SE Michigan? An update after the 2016 ballot failure

A 2016 ballot initiative that would have greatly improved our region's public transit failed. But those invested in the success of regional transit have conducted a postmortem, and are regrouping for another attempt.

The Improve Detroit app

Detroit pursues better government through technology

Thanks to the work of the Department of Information and Technology, Detroiters can report potholes and other infrastructure problems through an app, pay water and sewer bills through public kiosks, and track city crime through an online map.

A couple at the Hope Center

Why Detroiters should care about cuts to the Farm Bill

If the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to the Farm Bill were to pass, it could have major implications for Detroiters -- especially those receiving SNAP benefits.

A field trip to a farm in Lake Ann

Big and small: sharing early education wisdom from rural to urban communities

In the absence of universal policy for early childhood education, some Michigan's smallest communities are taking it upon themselves to foster kindergarten-ready children.

Children gather around a tray of water during a lesson at Brilliant Detroit

The high cost of limited access to early childhood education in Detroit

Access to affordable, high quality early childhood education enables parents to work and increases the likelihood of academic success for the child. We look at how increased investment in early childhood education can provide a big boost to the city. 

Feodies Shipp III at U of M Detroit Center

Do Ann Arbor and Detroit need stronger ties?

Though they're a mere 45-minute drive apart, Detroiters and Ann Arborites often talk about each other's cities as if there's a massive gulf between them. We examine connections between the two cities and how they can be leveraged to greater effect.

Children clean up a kitchen playset at the UM Dearborn Early Childhood Education

Prepared to learn: why early education is so important for Michigan's children

The well-prepared preschooler is kindergarten-ready, and on track for a lifetime of learning success. What skills does this child have, and how can we ensure all Michigan preschoolers are ready for the academic challenges ahead?

Laneshia Talley with kids at Matrix Head Start

The positive signs, and challenges ahead, for early education in Detroit and Michigan

Children are primed to learn from birth, long before they enter the K-12 system. What are stakeholders in Detroit and Michigan doing to increase access to quality early education?

Olivia Henry, youth programs coordinator for Detroit Food Policy Council

Olivia Henry, under-30 leader at the Detroit Food Policy Council, just wants to help people

Henry, 26, recently celebrated her one year anniversary as youth programs coordinator for Detroit Food Policy Council. But she's been involved in public service her whole life.

Toddlers at Erie Neighborhood House

What Michigan can learn from Chicago about growing early childhood education

Focus on quality in early childhood education is growing. What lessons can Michigan learn about building strong early learning environments that support vibrant communities? And how quickly can we get there?

Babies at a WIN meeting

What will it take to make Detroit a "baby friendly" city?

Detroit's babies are the city's future. That's why health systems, state and local governments, and citizen organizations are standing together to make Detroit the very best place to have a baby. 
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