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Magazine’s Description Of Michigan School Funding 24 Years Out Of Date

A recent story in The Atlantic magazine about private versus public schools used examples from Michigan to illustrate some of its arguments, but was significantly out of date. … more

Public Schools’ Advocate Reports Added Spending Didn’t Help, Considers More

When it comes to Michigan's poor performance on standardized tests, perhaps more money isn't the solution. … more

Utica School Board Member Errs, Blames Usual Suspect For Mythical Funding Cuts

A Utica Community Schools board member says the current way the state funds schools is broken. … more

AFSCME gets Supreme Court snicker

An AFSCME union laywer made a quip about public sector salaries. Richard Trumka, the president of the national AFSCME, had his total compensation in 2017 increase to $315,368, a 7 percent raise from 2016. … more

‘Truth Squad’ Omits Key Michigan Charter School Facts In DeVos Hit Piece

The Center For Michigan's Truth Squad said it was hard to determine if the DeVos family profits from their involvement with a charter school. The Truth Squad failed to mention the DeVos family would be breaking the law if they did. … more

UAW Goes On Campus To Find New Members

The United Automobile Workers union, or UAW, appears to be gaining new members by organizing graduate research students at colleges. … more

Many More Walk To Work As Take Subsidized Transit in Michigan

Across the state of Michigan, 61,000 people say they commute to work using public transit services; 96,000 people walk and 4 million people drive. … more

Some Teachers In This District In Line For 17 Percent Pay Hikes

Gov. Rick Snyder presented his annual state budget recommendations to the Legislature on Feb. 7. They include a proposal to increase public school spending by $312 million, or as much as $240 per pupil. Reaction from school officials was mixed. … more

Police Seize Property All The Time And It’s No Big Deal — Until They Want To Keep It

When the police have a reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed they are permitted to seize a person’s property as evidence, or as part of an investigation.  … more

Michigan Schools Underfunded - If You Don’t Count All The Funding Increases

Michigan House Minority Leader Sam Singh, D-East Lansing, recently touted a new report on school finance that claims Michigan’s public schools are underfunded.  … more

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