Guest Commentary

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As school starts, a lesson for drivers: Beware of buses

September 9, 2016 | Mac Dashney

School buses carry precious cargo, so drivers need to be aware of how and why they operate the way they do. When in doubt, slow down or stop

Michigan must stay the course on M-STEP education test

September 1, 2016 | Brian Cloyd

Small student gains on the most recent statewide test are no reason to abandon the exam. M-STEP offers an honest assessment of education in Michigan compared with high-achieving states. Let’s stick with it

Former Gov. Milliken urges Lansing to ban juvenile lifer laws

August 25, 2016 | William Milliken

Former Michigan Gov. William Milliken has actively worked behind the scenes to galvanize opposition to laws that put juvenile offenders behind bars for life.

A call to women of color in west Michigan aspiring to leadership roles

August 11, 2016 | Patricia Sosa VerDuin

Taking this survey will help develop opportunities and remove barriers for women of color in West Michigan.

No sale, or how the RTA is struggling to make its case to taxpayers

August 5, 2016 | Kevin Grand

The 24th time maybe won't be the charm for Metro Detroit mass transit. Why? Tax fatigue, representation and unheard concerns

How to nurture the creative minds of adults on the autism spectrum

August 4, 2016 | Paul Horton

Harnessing the unique, often brilliant minds of adults on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum can help improve society, while providing fulfilling work that brings purpose and joy to their lives.

More than pipes and penny-pinching: Flint crisis reflects racism

July 29, 2016 | Peter J. Hammer

Don’t believe the disaster in Flint came from bad decisions made by career bureaucrats. The blame is deeply rooted, and goes to the heart of state and local governments

Dental therapists are the wrong answer to improving oral health in Michigan

July 21, 2016 | Karen Burgess

With an oversupply of already-trained dental professionals, there’s no need to add another specialist to the ranks of those caring for teeth.

There’s a better place for that building than in the dump

July 15, 2016 | Lauren Ross

Recycling abandoned buildings targeted for demolition costs more in the short term, but pays benefits down the road, besides reducing solid-waste output

Allowing ‘dental therapists’ in Michigan will expand access to oral care

June 30, 2016 | Amy Zaagman

A Senate bill would authorize a midlevel dental professional trained to deliver routine but critical care such as filling cavities in poor areas of Michigan where dentists are few or overwhelmed

Should Waukesha be able to stick a straw into Lake Michigan? Yes.

June 24, 2016 | Bill Rustem

Approving a diversion -- with many strings attached -- of Great Lakes water is a textbook example of the exception that proves the rule. The lakes will be healthier as a result

Training teachers to nurture gifted students

June 21, 2016 | Nan Janecke

Too many academically advanced children, particularly minority children, are likely going unidentified because Michigan, unlike other states, does not require that they be grouped by ability and taught in ways that allow them to achieve their potential.

Governor’s office makes case for Snyder’s fiscal legacy

June 16, 2016 | Dick Posthumus

Reacting to former Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema’s comment that Snyder has had trouble advancing his agenda since 2012, Snyder advisor Dick Posthumus cites Snyder’s fiscal, jobs stewardship.

Tearing down walls between Michigan’s 15 public universities

June 9, 2016 | Patrick Shannon

With costs rising for both the state and its students in higher education, Michigan’s university system must find ways to consolidate operations, including such innovations as offering online courses to students at other schools.

Lansing can help communities improve access to Obamacare

June 7, 2016 | Vikram Reddy

An innovative community based coverage plan developed in Muskegon can be a model to help residents who can’t otherwise pay large deductibles found in the health exchanges.

More time in classroom equals more learning, but the details matter

June 3, 2016 | Tom Willis

A longer school year wasn’t working out, but a longer school day might be a better fit for some students.

Mitch Bean: Starving Michigan cities and the coming storm

May 26, 2016 | Mitch Bean

The former chief of the House Fiscal Agency says that unless Michigan restores adequate funding to cities, the Flint crisis is only the beginning.

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.