Opinion | The miseducation of Michigan: How state fails kids in black history

Opinion | The miseducation of Michigan: How state fails kids in black history

February 19, 2019 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

My kids are in one of Michigan’s best districts. Their African-American history class included ‘Boyz n the Hood’ and a documentary about gangs. We can do better as we celebrate Black History Month.

Whitmer changes course, blocks $10M grant that helps former GOP chair

February 12, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson in Public Sector

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has put on ice a grant that would help bring water and sewer lines to a swath of land owned by a company with ties to former GOP chair Bobby Schostak. She wants to determine if the money could be spent elsewhere.

Detroit is doing better. How much? That’s where experts disagree.

February 12, 2019 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey in Detroit Journalism Cooperative

A nationally known urbanist and Detroit’s planning director debate how excited to get about the city’s comeback. Surprise, surprise. They disagree.

The real state of Michigan education: Improving outcomes costs money

February 12, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Whitmer campaigned on improving Michigan schools. Education leaders across the state offer suggestions to accomplish that goal.

Opinion | It’s not just trust that’s lost in Flint, some water remains unsafe

February 12, 2019 | Jill Ryan in Guest Commentary

Michigan shouldn’t turn its attention away from Flint just because the state says drinking water is “restored,” says an environmental activist.

The real state of no-fault auto insurance: Reform within reach for Michigan

February 11, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

Lawmakers and advocates say they see hope that a Republican legislature and Democratic governor can finally reform Michigan’s sky high insurance rates.

The real state of Michigan roads: Poor and getting worse without more cash

February 11, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

The Michigan Department of Transportation cites studies showing as much as $2 billion more a year is needed to maintain the state’s roads. Republicans say new funding should come from existing revenue. Something has to give.

Opinion | Maryland invests in schools. Michigan doesn’t. Maryland thrives.

February 11, 2019 | Brad Lyman in Guest Commentary

Brad Lyman grew up in public schools in Michigan and taught in schools in Maryland. One state invested in its children, and one didn’t.

Pro-Whitmer group broke Michigan campaign finance laws, Benson finds

February 8, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

Build a Better Michigan and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s campaign committee engaged in express advocacy, Democratic Sec. of State Jocelyn Benson announced Friday, and must pay pay a $37,500 fine.

Meet the ex-drug cop who now helps regulate Michigan marijuana

February 8, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board member Don Bailey, a retired cop, has drawn the ire of industry advocates who accuse him of unfairly opposing licensing requests. He says he’s just watching out for public safety.

Opinion | Gretchen Whitmer is smart to keep Michigan PFAS response team

February 8, 2019 | John Truscott in Guest Commentary

The cross-department team addressing the dangers of PFAS contaminants was created by Whitmer’s Republican predecessor, Rick Snyder. Protecting our environment isn’t a partisan issue.

Opinion | Lincoln Park program builds work skills for autistic young adults

February 8, 2019 | Nicole Chubb in Guest Commentary

This isn’t the sort of program you hear a lot about. But it’s the kind of program that makes a difference.

Michigan Senate debates reversing Gov. Whitmer’s environmental overhaul

February 7, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

The conversation follows a House vote to block Whitmer’s executive order to transform the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. It’s the latest in a power struggle that may derail bipartisanship.

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