Ann Arbor Public Schools teacher Trevor Staples says teachers in the district aren’t paid enough. At a June 14 school board meeting Staples said it was "shameful, embarrassing" to have to speak every year about teacher compensation, according to the news site Annarbivore.com.

Staples salary has increased from $64,367 in the 2010-11 school year to $77,729 last year. That’s a 20.7 percent, $13,362 increase over a 5-year period, according to records received in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. The average Ann Arbor teacher was paid $71,564 in 2015-16, while the average Michigan teacher statewide earned $61,875 on average.

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There aren’t many policies that get near unanimous support from economists, but free trade is one of them. Despite this, a central theme of the 2016 presidential campaign, heard from both political parties, was that free trade was somehow harmful to the United States and corrective action was needed. Mark Perry, an economics professor at the University of Michigan-Flint and scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, makes the case for why President Trump’s assessment of free trade is misguided.

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