Ted Roelofs

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With roads measure crushed, a search for Plan B

May 6, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

With the resounding defeat of Proposal 1 on Tuesday, it's unclear how Michigan's deteriorating roads will be fixed.

What NOT to post on Facebook: Jokes about prison rape, when you’re in charge of preventing prison rape

April 16, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

A social media post by a prison rape coordinator may serve to underscore allegations that the state is insensitive to young inmates’ rape claims.

Similar accounts in suit over alleged teen prison rapes pose challenge to state's defense

April 14, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

The full deposition testimony of seven teenage inmates is notable for its graphic consistency, producing a damning portrait of institutional indifference within Michigan’s prisons.

‘New fish’ ‒ One teen inmate’s account of alleged sexual assault

April 14, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

The inmate known as John Doe 3 says the abuse began from the moment he entered adult prison.

Kalamazoo - the city that runs

March 10, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Borgess Run Camp in Kalamazoo has persuaded more than a thousand out-of-shape residents to hit the streets

Three tips for getting your community off the couch

March 10, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Grand Rapids is following the Borgess model to get its residents running. Follow these guidelines and your city can do the same.

Poverty in paradise: Halting the exodus of young workers from northern Michigan

February 19, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

After growing up in Pure Michigan, millennials say they must leave a land they love to fulfill their career ambitions. Second of two parts.

A tale of two schools in Michigan’s resort paradise

February 19, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

A rural school district in Cheboygan County and a more affluent one in Harbor Springs underscore the role money can play in student performance.

Hidden poverty stalks a Pure Michigan setting

February 17, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

For many unseen residents of northern Michigan, life can be struggle for survival. This is true even for those with jobs, which tend to be seasonal with marginal pay

11 lessons learned from Michigan’s top high schools

February 11, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

The leaders of the state’s Top 11 high schools in this year’s Academic State Champ rankings offer advice on their success strategies and how to help low-income students achieve.

Destroying Michigan’s career tech system to save it

January 13, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan's K-12 vocational education system will never become the powerful job engine that Gov. Snyder demands without a fix to inequitable funding across the state.

Kicking butt and taking jobs

January 13, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

How one student from Paw Paw found success in the IT marketplace

What state House and Senate leaders say they will do first in 2015

December 17, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

Four legislative leaders tell Bridge Magazine what's on their mind when the new legislative session begins in January.

How Michigan can improve the lives of 80,000 homeless children

December 11, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

The safety net is anything but secure for homeless children and families across the state. Bridge reviews some approaches that have shown promise elsewhere.

Grand Rapids shelter helps one teen find escape

December 11, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

Runaway and unaccompanied teens navigate a treacherous world

Michigan ranks in bottom half of state nationally in care for homeless children

November 20, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

A national report finds nearly 80,000 homeless children in Michigan, with a lack of state planning to deal with the problem.

Higher death rates, medical bills for Michigan motorcyclists without helmets

November 18, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

Government and medical studies reveal motorcyclists are more likely to die or be seriously injured if they are not wearing helmets in a crash, raising questions about the 2012 repeal of Michigan’s helmet law. A Republican Legislature sees no reason to take up the issue.

See which Michigan regions are growing the fastest

November 11, 2014 | Ted Roelofs, Mike Wilkinson

While the Detroit region is beginning to emerge from recession, the Grand Rapids, Monroe and Benton Harbor areas posted strong GDP gains in 2013.

Michigan’s economic comeback promising, but incomplete

November 11, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

Amid promising signs of growth, Michigan still has not reached its peak GDP from a decade ago.

Grand Rapids growth invites civic pride

November 11, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

The Grand Rapids region is strong in virtually every economic sector, and is the closest of any Michigan region to returning to pre-recession levels.

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