Grosse Pointe Restricts Nonresident Students, Board Member Joins ‘Charter School Segregation’ Chorus

Grosse Pointe has some of the most restrictive policies in the state regarding who is allowed to attend their schools.  … more

Assessing Michigan’s Alleged Teacher Shortage

It’s a common refrain recently that Michigan is facing a teacher shortage. But is that really true? … more

Detroit Schools’ Annual Budget Balanced With Emergency Bailout Money

For years, Detroit's public school district overspent and sat in debt. However, Detroit’s reconstituted public school district is projected to have a small surplus in fiscal year 2018. … more

Another Pension ‘Spike’ For Outgoing Teachers Union President

MEA President Steve Cook suffered through policy defeat after policy defeat during his six-year tenure. However, the union still gave him a $23,000 annual raise in his last year that served as a boost to his state pension. … more

Taxpayers Shouldn’t Subsidize High Income Housing

Michigan has a number of programs that try to make housing affordable to people that don’t have a lot of income. But stranger, Michigan has a program that subsidizes high-income housing, as well. … more

The Highest-Paid Employees in Michigan's State Government

The top salary for an employee in Michigan state government in 2017 was $377,137, according to the Michigan Civil Service Commission. … more

How Right-to-Work and the End of the 'Dues Skim' Killed the SEIU in Michigan

In 2012, the Michigan branch of the Service Employees International Union representing home health care workers was riding high. It had 55,000 members, brought in $22 million annually and was able to spend nearly $3.5 million on politics. Then it all came crashing down. … more

Michigan’s Largest Teachers Union Has Lost 25 Percent of Its Members

In a 2013 video, Steve Cook, then president of the Michigan Education Association, was asked what he expected for the union’s membership numbers under the right-to-work law just going into effect then. Cook said he wouldn’t be surprised if his union lost no members. Four years later, the MEA has lost 27,609 members. … more

MEA Attack on Online Charters Misses Mark

One way to attack an education option that works for families is to be selective about data and your own standards. … more

Michigan’s Largest Teachers Union Funds Leftist Activist Group

Progress Michigan bills itself as “a communications team and media hub for the entire progressive community.” But the composition of the group’s board and identity of some of its major contributors suggest that the liberal nonprofit is more of a communications team for government employee unions. … more

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