The Cost of High Cigarette Taxes

Cigarette tax increases are often justified on the belief that they will force people to quit smoking, but research suggests otherwise. … more

How an 'Ineffective' Teacher Gets Third-Highest Pay Level

A teacher given the worst rating of "ineffective" was among the highest paid teachers in her district. … more

Kentucky, Missouri Set Off Wave of Labor Reform

If the first weeks of 2017 are any indication, this could be a banner year for labor reform in the United States. … more

Official ‘Bias Response’ Enforcers Stifle Michigan Universities

Three of Michigan’s top public universities have what they call “Bias Response Teams,” which means around 121,000 college students in the state are subject to what often can be an arbitrary review of free speech by school administrators. … more

School Hosts Advocacy Session for Tax Hike in Front of Students

During school hours, in front of students, Vassar Public Schools held an event which explicitly advocated for a school millage request.  … more

Trump is Wrong on Civil Forfeiture

In a meeting between the new president and law enforcement officials, a Texas sheriff complained about legislation that would require a person be convicted of a crime before the state took ownership of his or her property. President Donald Trump, wrongly, disparaged legislators who support this reform to the forfeiture system. … more

State Superintendent Claims First-Year Teachers Make $28K—We Can't Find Them

Michigan’s current superintendent of public instruction claimed in a news article that first-year teachers in the state earn $28,000 a year. … more

Scofflaw School Districts Ignore Merit Pay Law, Face No Sanctions

Throughout the state of Michigan, public school districts are ignoring a 2010 law that mandates they provide merit pay to teachers. … more

Family Finds Online School to Be a Lifesaver

The Smith family in DeWitt has endured more than its share of challenging circumstances. But having access to an online charter school has been a great help. … more

Teacher Melts Down, Disrupts, Curses, Quits, Walks - And Files To Get Job Back

An Ionia Public Schools teacher declared she was quitting after having an emotional meltdown in front of her second-grade students. She then abruptly walked out of the school. … more

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