The federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative slated for reductions under President Trump's first budget proposal gave $62,300 in 2011 to Grand Valley State University. The money provided “professional development” to four teachers and an administrator at two schools in Kent County, for the purpose of adding information on protecting the Great Lakes to the school curriculum. Each school would also do a project that would “serve as school-wide meaningful watershed educational experiences creating a culture of stewardship.”

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As part of our efforts on government transparency, we obtained data on the compensation of most public employees in the state. This information has been used to fact check claims about salaries, verify data from other open records requests, and hold government spending accountable.

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