As September looms, no Republican proposal yet to fix Michigan’s roads

As September looms, no Republican proposal yet to fix Michigan’s roads

August 15, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican legislative leaders are still meeting to discuss road funding and the 2020 budget, but they haven’t yet reached a compromise. They have until the end of September to pass a budget or risk a shutdown.

Opinion | Enough is enough – don’t fix Michigan's roads with classroom dollars

August 12, 2019 | Chris Wigent, Don Wotruba in Guest Commentary

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey’s idea doesn’t fix the damn roads – it kicks the can down the damn road.

Part of bribery case against GOP Rep. Larry Inman proceeds

August 9, 2019 | Ted Roelofs in Michigan Government

A federal judge declines to dismiss one felony charge against GOP state Rep. Larry Inman, put two others on hold

Michigan school leaders decry explosion of untrained teachers in classrooms

August 9, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson, Ron French in Talent & Education

School leaders including new state Superintendent Michael Rice say time and money are needed to reduce growth of long-term substitutes, following Bridge Magazine investigation.

New Michigan school superintendent: Keep Benton Harbor High open

August 8, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

With the new state school superintendent stating firmly he wants the troubled high school to remain open, pressure may build on Michigan officials to find a way to resolve issues with Benton Harbor.

Alarmed by long-term subs, Detroit raised teacher pay and offered bonuses

August 8, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson in Talent & Education

The pay incentives, after years of cutbacks, allowed the state’s largest school district to hire hundreds of additional certified teachers, often plucking them from charter schools.

Expert: Michigan’s reliance on long-term subs ‘should concern all of us’

August 8, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

University of Michigan School of Education dean Elizabeth Birr Moje says Michigan risks widening achievement gaps between poor and more affluent students through the increased use of untrained teachers.

Michigan leans on long-term substitutes as its schools struggle

August 7, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson, Ron French in Talent & Education

In the last five years, the number of long-term substitutes taking over public classrooms has risen tenfold in Michigan. Critics say reliance on subs is an embarrassment for a state with lagging school performance.

Database: How many long-term subs are in your Michigan district?

August 7, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson in Talent & Education

The use of long-term, uncertified substitute teachers has exploded in Michigan as a teacher shortage has intensified. Search to see how many of the teachers are in your school district.

An Up North charter is 44 percent subs. You can’t tell difference, supt. says

August 7, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

At the fast-growing Charlton Heston Academy in St. Helen, nearly half of classrooms were staffed by uncertified, long-term substitutes last year. Superintendent says it’s not ideal, but charter can’t attract certified teachers.

How a wedding planner became an uncertified Michigan teacher for $15 an hour

August 7, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

One was a wedding planner. The other, an assistant basketball coach. Their stories say a lot about how Michigan increasingly is using long-term substitutes, full-time teachers with no training in education to lead classrooms.

Michigan doctors reach out to LGBTQ community to narrow health disparities

August 6, 2019 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Simple steps like changing pronouns on intake forms can make a big difference, while other clinics are increasing outreach and services to the LGBTQ community.

In quiet decision, Michigan continues Medicaid coverage of gender changes

August 6, 2019 | Robin Erb in Michigan Health Watch

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration OKs coverage of hormone replacement, breast removal and other procedures. Critics say taxpayers shouldn’t fund such care.

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