Guest Commentary

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Michigan’s business community must lead charge for better schools

May 26, 2016 | Brian Cloyd, Ken Whipple

Business leaders have played a key role in helping improve achievement in leading states. Getting the business community, educators and state leaders aligned is critical for Michigan’s failing public schools.

Put down your No. 2 pencils: Too much testing in public schools

May 20, 2016 | Al Churchill

If we really want students to learn, let’s get back to classroom learning time, and cut way back on standardized testing. Their own results show it’s not working

The limits of serving on my local school board

May 19, 2016 | Brendan Walsh

Proposal A made school board service harder, by giving local boards less authority over finances and encouraging student poaching. No wonder fewer people want the job.

Unclogging courts by resolving simple cases online

May 19, 2016 | J.J. Prescott

A University of Michigan law professor argues that many civil infractions and low misdemeanors could be resolved in minutes, rather than months, if more Michigan courts offered online options.

Why climate change matters to Michigan

May 17, 2016 | Jim Lax

We need to reduce greenhouse gases now so that major environmental and economic catastrophes can be averted. Michigan, with its tradition of conservation and environmental awareness, should be at the forefront.

Juvenile justice reform and the myth of the superpredator

May 17, 2016 | Frank Vandervort

Michigan’s get-tough juvenile laws created in the era of “punk prisons” are misguided, and should be guided instead by the science of adolescent development.

House plan for Detroit schools excludes Education Commission, key to success

May 13, 2016 | Sandy K. Baruah

For Detroit to succeed, its schools must improve. There’s a plan in place that all stakeholders approve of. Why didn’t the House buy in

It’s right for Malia Obama, but is a gap year right for you?

May 10, 2016 | Patrick O'Connor

Taking a year off from attending college may be right for some students but not others. A leading high school counselor answers some commonly asked questions.

Failing infrastructure threatens Michigan’s public health, safety and economy

May 6, 2016 | Mike Nystrom

The bad news: It’s not just the state’s roads that are in terrible shape. And it won’t be cheap to fix, either.

Higher ed is key to a state’s success, and should be supported

April 29, 2016 | Daniel Hurley

The Mackinac Center’s simplistic take on funding for colleges and universities ignores important factors about which states are doing well in today’s economy

Flint’s healing must involve all parties to its crisis

April 29, 2016 | Laura Sullivan

Top-down management is what got the city into trouble with its water supply and infrastructure. Only a bottom-up solution will truly rebuild the city

Enbridge: ‘Alarmist’ U-M study on a Straits of Mackinac oil spill is inaccurate

April 28, 2016 | Brad Shamla

The National Wildlife Federation-funded study of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline vastly overestimates how much oil would be released in an oil spill, as well as how soon the company could respond, Enbridge says.

Rising university costs, not falling state aid, is the real reason for lack of affordability

April 22, 2016 | James Hohman, Jarrett Skorup

Skyrocketing tuition can only be flattened by a massive state-aid injection, these analysts say. And Michigan has better things to do with that kind of money.

Bill protecting student journalists would stop censorship

April 19, 2016 | Jane Briggs-Bunting

A measure in the Senate would preserve the First Amendment rights of high school and college journalists while still guarding against libel or other abuses

As tax deadline looms, voluntary disclosure lets scofflaws come clean

April 15, 2016 | Eric Nemeth, Wayne Roberts

A financial skeleton in one’s closet isn’t cause for panic. A tax attorney can open the door to the IRS and minimize expense and liability for what might be an honest mistake.

After Flint, more reason to shut down Mackinac’s Line 5 pipeline

April 12, 2016 | Hans Voss

The difference between the Line 5 oil pipeline and Flint is that there has been no disaster involving the pipeline, yet. State officials need to take proactive action to prevent harm before it happens

LGBT guidelines designed to protect most vulnerable students

April 8, 2016 | Rick Joseph

Testimony before the State Board of Education indicates it’s this minority group that feels most unsafe in Michigan schools, and making learning environments more supportive would help

New legislation threaten the future of Michigan’s local historic districts

April 7, 2016 | Nancy Finegood

Historic preservation laws don’t freeze neighborhoods in time. Rather, they give local residents input on how communities can evolve over time.

When college students ask to see their president’s expense report

April 5, 2016 | Arielle Hines, Nick Green, Kelly Rocheleau

CMU student journalists sent record requests to every public university in Michigan, asking for expenses records of trustees and presidents, as well as sexual assault reports. Some schools produced records for free. Others charged thousands.

Trump’s promise to bring jobs back home hits Michigan where it vacations

April 1, 2016 | Ken Winter

Labor shortages mean seasonal businesses depend on the H-2B visa for foreign workers, but this year the process has been markedly slowed, meaning at least one landscaper is shutting down