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For the Record

Utica Community Schools required contributions to the public school employees pension system rose from $24.4 million in 2013 to $46.8 million in 2015. … more
House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel of Auburn Hills keeps claiming school spending is down. He hasn't been right yet. … more
Politicians’ references to teacher pay almost always warrant a closer look. … more
Despite what press releases may claim, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation is responsible for a fraction of the jobs created in the state economy. … more
Throughout the state, there's one huge expense that is preventing teachers from making more money. … more
Here's a chart that shows how much more in local, state and federal funding Detroit Public Schools has received above the state average over the years. … more
The actions of thousands of Detroit parents make their preferences clear: They are voting with their feet for the two forms of public school choice available to them. … more
School districts in Michigan are receiving more money. Still, the myth of state cuts persists. … more
One teaching job in Michigan received 82 applicants. That's one indication that the profession is still popular. … more
The Atlantic magazine claimed that Detroit's charter schools almost never close because of poor academic performance. The state of Michigan says that's not true. … more