What’s behind the population boom in rural Michigan jails?

What’s behind the population boom in rural Michigan jails?

August 23, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

A state task force could convene on why rural jails hold a greater share of inmates, with more awaiting trial.

Check out wait times at your Michigan Secretary of State offices

August 13, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson in Michigan Government

Lines have gotten longer so far this year, compared with wait times in 2018. This Bridge database allows you to see how times have changed in branch offices near you.  

Michigan superintendent: Need more career tech, teachers, mental health care

August 13, 2019 | Ron French in Talent & Education

Michael Rice steps into Michigan’s top education role with a list of clear initiatives he says will improve academics, and students’ lives.

Voters Not Politicians asks to intervene in Michigan GOP redistricting suit

August 12, 2019 | Riley Beggin in Michigan Government

VNP, the group behind the successful drive to create an independent body to draw political lines in Michigan, seeks entry in a Republican lawsuit to have that commission shut down before it starts.

Study: Asian carp could thrive in Lake Michigan, despite earlier doubts

August 12, 2019 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

 A new University of Michigan study found that voracious bighead carp could survive in wider areas of Lake Michigan than previously thought. The findings loudened calls for Congress to approve a $778 million barrier to prevent the invasive fish from jeopardizing the Great Lakes’ $7 billion commercial fishery. 

Can Mike Duggan demolish his way to a safer Detroit? Studies say maybe

August 12, 2019 | Robin Erb in Detroit

Two studies suggest homicides and aggravated assaults in Detroit dropped more in areas with moderate demolitions. The research, while inconclusive, comes as the mayor prepares to ask voters for more money for the demo blitz.

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.

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.

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