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Key Issues

Education & Opportunity

Education, poverty, and socioeconomic mobility are closely linked. Children who grow up in families with low-incomes face more barriers to education than those that don’t – they attend under-resourced schools segregated by income and race, have fewer opportunities for enrichment, and struggle to pay for higher education. These inequities are rooted in both historical and current housing policies that segregate neighborhoods by class and race; school funding policies that result in more resources for wealthy school districts; and a system of higher education that was never designed to provide opportunity for all.

Despite these structural barriers, research has shown that education is a key stepping stone that can help individuals and families move out of poverty. Poverty Solutions and our affiliated scholars and partners work to reduce and help students overcome these obstacles,expanding educational opportunities so that all children have access to high-quality education and a better life.

Education & Opportunity Scholars


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Data Tools

Visit the Data Tools page for an interactive map of chronic absenteeism rates among students experiencing homelessness by Michigan school district.

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Chalkbeat Detroit | Mar. 30, 2022

Michigan students who are homeless more likely to be disciplined

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Concentrate | Mar. 30, 2022

Ypsi nonprofit uses U-M research to help Michigan school districts prevent expulsions

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Traverse City Record Eagle | Mar. 27, 2022

UM Analysis: Students who have experienced homelessness are disciplined at higher rates

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