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LaTanya Dorsey thought she had to send her daughter to the neighborhood public school that was assigned to her address. When she learned she had a choice, she looked for a school with a positive environment and found one at a charter academy.

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For the Record

Forest Hills Public Schools Superintendent Dan Behm may want to talk to one of his high school government teachers on just what the state constitution says about school funding. … more
Michael Moore made a movie criticizing corporate welfare and received $845,145 in corporate welfare from the Michigan Film Office. Chris-Teena Constas made the movie celebrating corporate welfare and didn’t get any money from the state. … more
Detroit has 90 percent of its conventional high schools failing academically. A recent study by a respected Stanford University research group found Detroit charter schools should serve as a model for other communities. Yet, a coalition led by the Skillman Foundation found fault with charter schools in their report. … more
In a TV interview, State Rep. Rose Mary Robinson said she didn't support the state's film tax credits. But five days later, she voted for it. … more
The president of the largest teachers union is trying to get a $2 billion tax hike approved by saying the budget has been cut to the bone. Actually, it's increased by nearly $5 billion in the past three years. … more
The Lego Movie is being criticized for an anti-business theme with 'President Business' cast as an evil tyrant. But even 'President Business' didn't have taxpayers subsidize a movie company that had nearly $3 billion in profits in 2014. … more
As much as 80 to 90 percent of of the total cost of public transportation is picked up by taxpayers. Can we afford for it to get any more popular? … more
There are several Detroit Public Schools that sound a lot like charter schools but don't perform like their competitors. See: Medicine and Community Health Academy at Cody (That's a DPS school.) … more
Sports columnist and radio personality Mitch Albom got it wrong when talking about the state's economy in a recent column. … more
The liberal Eclectablog blames the GOP for the consequences of the policies of former Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm. … more