When Michigan school districts go into debt, kids and communities pay price

When Michigan school districts go into debt, kids and communities pay price

April 22, 2019 | Emily Richmond

Michigan is among a dozen states that don’t provide funding to build or maintain buildings. That’s left districts like Whitmore Lake facing debt after trying to finance capital projects. How many more Michigan districts are in trouble?

Whitmer and Republican leaders join forces to study Michigan jail reforms

April 17, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

Elected leaders, judges and law enforcement want to learn more about the state’s crowded jails in an era of lower crime rates, in hopes of crafting new laws to reduce the inmate population, cut costs and right wrongs.

Detroit court’s bail system criminalizes being black and broke, suit claims

April 16, 2019 | Chastity Pratt in Detroit Journalism Cooperative

In Detroit, hundreds remain jailed even though they’ve never been convicted because they can’t afford bail. A lawsuit takes aim at 36th District Court.

Public outcry changed Michigan social studies standards. Add your voice.

April 16, 2019 | Ron French in Public Sector

The public has one more round of public meetings to offer its views on updating subjects covered in social studies classes across the state. Check out the schedule for a hearing near you.

Opinion | Michigan’s private colleges must play vital role boosting college attainment

April 16, 2019 | Jeff Abernathy in Guest Commentary

Michigan is facing a talent gap – a gap that must be filled by more people with college degrees, says the president of Alma College

Shooter drills. Anxious teachers. Flying staplers. Michigan schools prepare.

April 15, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

It’s been 20 years since two students killed 13 people at Columbine High School. Today, Michigan schools use hockey pucks, hornet spray and gun sensors to train for the unthinkable. Are they ready? And at what cost?

Michigan doesn’t track school security – or fund safety office it created

April 15, 2019 | Ron French, Lindsay VanHulle in Talent & Education

Most Michigan schools visited take active shooter security seriously. Just don’t ask the state what each school is doing – it doesn’t keep track. And the Office of School Safety the Legislature created? It remains unfunded.

It’s tax day, Michigan. Take this quiz or face an audit

April 15, 2019 | Joel Kurth in Quality of Life

Okay, we totally lied about the audit. But it wouldn’t kill you to learn more about Michigan’s taxes and exemptions. Test your smarts with this quiz.

A deal to fix Michigan’s roads looks to roll into summer, at least

April 12, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

The ball is in the Republican Legislature’s court when it comes to presenting an alternative to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s $2.5 billion road-funding plan. Will private negotiations produce a compromise both sides can sell?

Opinion | Why build a huge Wayne County Jail when there are fewer inmates?

April 12, 2019 | Dennis M. Haffey in Guest Commentary

A longtime attorney argues that changes in laws will mean fewer inmates. So why are we building a behemoth jail?

As measles outbreak spreads, Michigan anti-vaxxer group hits Lansing

April 11, 2019 | Ted Roelofs in Quality of Life

Michigan health officials say 39 residents have contracted the highly contagious disease. But groups opposed to mandatory vaccines are asking lawmakers to preserve their freedom on whether to vaccinate children.

No escaping billions of dollars needed for Michigan road fix, experts say

April 11, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson in Public Sector

With up to half of all Michigan roads in poor shape, the state must generate new funding or residents will spend billions more in repairs and lost productivity, experts reveal at Center for Michigan road summit.

Jocelyn Benson plans overhaul of Michigan Secretary of State offices

April 11, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

The Secretary of State visited all 131 branch offices in her first 100 days in office. What she found, she said, “was heartbreaking.”

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