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Another Michigan School Expert Misstates, Lowballs Taxpayer Contributions

Jack Smith, a professor of educational psychology at Michigan State University, recently claimed that inadequate school funding is one reason for poor academic performance by public schools in this state. … more

$107,400-A-Year Teacher Says Teachers Must Work Second Job To Support Families

Liza Parkinson is the president of the Utica Community Schools teachers' union. She works a second job and says teachers need to do that to support their families. Parkinson made $107,402 in 2016-17. … more

Detroit Mayor: ‘We’ve Got To Change’ Children Fleeing City’s Failed Schools

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan talked about the exodus of students from his city’s public school district at a state policy conference held this week on Mackinac Island. … more

If Money To Detroit Schools Is A Measure Of Caring, Michigan's People Care

There may be several ways to measure the extent to which caring about something is demonstrated by a political system or society. … more

Teachers Union Math Lesson: $8,326 Per Kid > $7,462 Per Kid

Michigan news media rarely challenge union assertions that school funding has been cut in Michigan. … more

Tough Time To Be Working In Government?

Government employees in this country — at the local, state and federal level, as well as school and state university employees — have not suffered economically in this century. … more

Claims Of Rising Poverty Simply Aren't True

State Sen. Coleman Young II, D-Detroit, claimed in an April 17 op-ed published by the Traverse City Record-Eagle that more people in Michigan have fallen into poverty during the tenure of Gov. Rick Snyder. … more

Michigan’s Golf Courses Will Take Much More Water Than Nestle

One state report said Michigan's golf courses use 7.6 billion gallons of water a year. Nestle will use as much as 210 million gallons a year. Where's the outrage about golf courses? … more

Shampooing Hair And Piloting Commercial Airliners Require Same Number Of Training Hours In Michigan

Michigan Sen. David Knezek, D-Dearborn Heights, snarked on Twitter recently about a bill that makes it a little easier for people to earn money by shampooing hair. … more

Magazine’s Description Of Michigan School Funding 24 Years Out Of Date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

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Detroit Prep is a top-rated and economically and racially diverse charter school in the city. It's growth means it needs to move out from a church basement and into a new location. Nearby is a former Detroit Public Schools building, sitting empty for years. But, worried about competition, the public school district refused to sell. For years, district and local government officials in Detroit had worked to block public charter schools. They pushed legislation at the Michigan Capitol to hinder them, refused to sell to them, transferred surplus buildings from the district to the city government and imposed deed restrictions on property sales to private developers. All of it was aimed to hinder or even prevent charter school choice outside the confines of the Detroit school district.

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