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Star International Academy is the highest ranked high school in Michigan on the Mackinac Center for Public Policy's Contest and Performance report card for both 2014 and 2012. The study and a database of every school in the state can be found at www.Mackinac.org/CAP.

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Our Growing Occupational Licensing Regime

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Rough Road for Pension Reform in New Senate?

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Film Subsidy Supporters: Mich. Program a Failure

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For the Record

The Pontiac Schools will have been in deficit for 15 years if it completes its 10-year plan to erase a lingering deficit that started in 2008-09. … more
Union president claims teachers may lose homes, average salary $64,721. … more
Local MEA-affiliate says school funding is up. … more
How do you get politicians to approve of spending $500 million on a film subsidy that pledged to create jobs but ends up with fewer jobs than it did before taxpayers coughed up half a billion? … more
Weingarten’s total compensation is higher than ever at $557,875 in 2014, according to the AFT’s LM-2 report. … more
Pensions are part of the compensation for teachers and other school employees. Teachers mostly spend their day in the classroom. … more
The Calhoun ISD is projected to receive $8.3 million more state dollars in 2014-15 than in 2011-12, despite fewer students. … more
In 2007, the state of Michigan awarded Tesla Motors a $602,000 tax credit. Now it is restricting them. … more
In FY 2011 payments were $1.091 billion. Payments in the FY 2015 budget are $1.226 billion. … more
Firing an “incompetent contractor” may be proper, but it’s difficult to see how that would generate any significant savings. … more