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State's Faltering District Managers All Given High Rankings

The Education Achievement Authority has been criticized for low student achievement. But it has given its administrators high marks and hasn't found one to be "ineffective." … more

Mackinac Center Survey Finds One-Third of Ga. School Districts Contract Out Services

More than a third of all conventional pubic school districts in Georgia contract out one of the three major noninstructional services, according to survey data collected this summer by a the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. … more

Michigan Leads the Country in Unemployment Recovery

Since the end of the Great Recession, Michigan has experienced the largest decline in unemployment of any state, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. … more

Raiding Car Crash Victim Insurance Reserves No Way to Fund Roads

A bill has been introduced by Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, to provide a one-time infusion of road repair money. This would authorize a $1 billion raid on the reserve fund that the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association draws on to reimburse auto crash victims for very expensive medical costs. … more

Unions Should Get Serious About Pension Underfunding

It is discouraging when union officials that are supposed to be protecting their members ignore pension underfunding. … more

The Environmentalist Rhetoric Guide

Market research surveys commissioned by one of the nation’s largest environmentalist groups advises activists on what phrases resonate the most with voters. … more

Government Price Controllers Can't Make Up Their Minds

Michigan-headquartered Meijer opened two stores in Wisconsin and is now being investigated for its prices … being too low. A Depression-era law says items cannot be sold “below cost” — a restriction that costs the residents of the state tens of millions of dollars annually. … more

Superintendent Concerned Teachers Will Bolt After Pay Cuts

The head of the Waterford School District said there is concern among top district administrators that a prolonged salary freeze could lead to a loss of teachers.  … more

Teacher Left Michigan Education Association and Has No Regrets

Rosemary Stawasz, a special education teacher with the Van Buren Intermediate School District, worried about what would happen if she exercised her new right to not be forced to financially support the local teachers union. … more

Michigan House Passes Package Repealing Outdated Laws

There are over 3,000 criminal statutes in Michigan, but a recent unanimous vote in the Michigan House will trim that number, eliminating several outdated laws in the first step toward simplifying the state’s enormous penal code. … more

For the Record

There are plans to raise taxes in Michigan to pay for road repairs. But the state's main taxes are projected to generate billions in extra revenue. Those projections aren't guaranteed but the state has seen an increase in tax revenue growth for six consecutive years. … more
Detroit Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer recently wrote that charter schools “aren’t doing the job” in the effort to reform public schools. However, researchers at Stanford University say charter schools in Detroit should serve as models of success for the rest of the country. … more
A Michigan Public Radio story about a short-term spike in fatal car crashes didn't mention a 50-year trend that has seen dramatically lower overall traffic death rates. … more
A local MEA union was insulting more of its members who were considering opting out of the union under the right-to-work law. … more
Filmmakers wanted a post-cataclysmic setting for a movie and found what they were looking for in Detroit. And they got a $140,000 check. The director posted a shot of dilapidated building with "#Detroit." … more
Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal says the district has “cut $100 million from our budget” as part of a "transformation plan." But the financial audits tell a different story. … more
Someone else is claiming that the "renewable energy" economy has created new "green" jobs - like garbage collectors, bus drivers and plumbers. … more
New Michigan public schools superintendent Brian Whiston has said that he thinks teachers need to make more money, especially the one just starting out. But its the teachers' unions that prevent quality young teachers from starting anywhere but the bottom of the payscale. … more
Jack Lessenberry, a columnist for National Public Radio's Michigan affiliate, compares state universities to slaves and state lawmakers to plantation owners in a dispute over student tuition hikes. … more
MLive Columnist Tim Skubick appears to have forgotten that the state projects it will be getting a whole lot more money in tax revenue the next two years. … more