The Kids Count in Michigan Data Book, released Tuesday by the Michigan League for Public Policy, says 22 percent of Michigan children lived in poverty in 2015, a 15% increase since the end of the recession in 2008. However, project Director, Alicia Guevara Warren, says there was some good news.
“We're seeing a reduction in the number of students who are not graduating on time, so we're seeing more kids graduating from high school. We're seeing fewer teens who are experiencing birth at a young age, so there are some good things going on.”
She notes that the numbers of those living in poverty are still way too high, along with a disparity of poverty among children of color.