In its investigation, City Limits found an overburdened system where delays were endemic, legal help was scarce and the approach to solving family problems was divided.
Many say that reform strategies are particularly misunderstood and poorly executed in the city's largest, overcrowded public schools.
Given school closures, failing grades and turnarounds, how well is New York City serving its minority students?
Racetrack families live in a tight-knit world at Belmont Park and Aqueduct Racetrack. Helping their fragile existence is the country's only racetrack daycare center.
New Jersey could decriminalize marijuana. Yet, marijuana has been decriminalized in New York for over three decades, and arrests are higher than they've been since 2000.VIDEO
Will NYC's new responsible banking ordinance improve support for local communities and prevent foreclosures? MetroFocus asked Cleveland, which led the way in 1990.
Joshua Yi from New Jersey won a national science competition with his design, "No More Trash."VIDEO