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For the Record

What's to stop a school district from breaking the law and using its resources to support the passing of Proposal 1 on May 5? There's $2 billion at stake. Would a $100 fine be enough deterrent? … more
State of Michigan workers averaged 10.7 days of sick leave on average in 2013-14. That was on top of an average of 18 days of vacation taken. … more
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