For the Record

No Sports At Charters? Good Teams Can’t Undo A Poor School

National education writer and frequent critic of charter schools Diane Ravitch wrote in a Detroit News op-ed that she blames free-market reforms and charter schools for the problems in Detroit’s public school system. … more

Fire Chief Calls City’s $92 Million Pension Debt ‘Responsible’

Midland Fire Chief Chris Coughlin said the city has been very responsible in funding pension liabilities. He may want to recheck the math on that. … more

Critic Cites Performance In Other States To Attack Michigan Charters

Alan Singer is an education professor at Hofstra University in New York, and as a contributor to the Huffington Post, he has written numerous posts attacking public charter schools. … more

Accountability? Nothing Appears Closer To Eternal Than A Failed Detroit School

The Detroit public school district board cites accountability in its packet. Yet, its worst schools stay open with reprieves from the Michigan Department of Education. … more

Teachers Union President: It’s A Lousy Job And Young People Should Look Elsewhere

The state's largest teachers' union is saying few young people want to go into teaching. But that didn't stop 440 people from applying for teaching positions last year at Kalamazoo Public Schools. … more

This ‘Sleepy Old Monopoly’ Jams Region’s Highest Energy Rates on Michigan

Patricia Poppe, president and CEO of CMS Energy, said the last thing she wants is somebody to say their electric prices are too high. Consumers Energy has the highest residential prices in the five-state region. … more

Forfeiture From People Not Convicted of a Crime in Michigan Isn’t ‘Rare’

A claim by the state police that police abuse of civil asset forfeiture is rare deserves some scrutiny. … more

Which Special Interest Is Raking In Big Profits On Michigan Auto Insurance?

The Michigan Health and Hospital Association recently released two video advertisements aimed at drivers, encouraging them to contact their state representatives to oppose an auto insurance reform bill currently pushed by House leaders and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. … more

Progressive Advocacy Groups Wants Tax Loophole for the Wealthy

A progressive advocacy group is fighting to maintain a tax write-off which overwhelmingly benefits the wealthy. … more

Detroit School Boss: Charter Schools Are ‘Disastrous’

The worst urban public school district in the country doesn't like competition. … more

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