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  1. Guest column: Schools need help to better support and evaluate teachers

    article – 12/19/2016 - 2:02pm

    ... teacher evaluation ratings will not be released to the public. Why is this so important?  By forcing schools to make such ... the failed processes of ranking and rating that private sector management’s use and consultants love to sell. These systems simply do ...

  2. $1.6 billion shaved off Michigan property tax bills

    article – 01/04/2017 - 9:53am

    ... director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a free market think tank, agreed. “It only comes because ... service is to cut their cost of operation. In the private sector organizations must cut 10% of their cost year on year in some cases. ...

  3. Michigan police big and small defend use of military gear

    article – 08/28/2017 - 4:01pm

    ... police to fulfill their functions and duties is dependent on public approval of their existence, actions and behavior and on their ability ... cost of purchasing a bulletproof vehicle from the private sector is very high so this might be a good value if maintenance costs don't ...

  4. Michigan Democrats get fouls for some 'hits' on Hoekstra, Truth Squad rules

    article – 09/04/2012 - 7:45am

    ... that "loans are something that can be done in the private sector." Questionable statement: "Hoekstra would put the drug and ... jobs are going overseas and said 'the problem is American public policy, American domestic policy. … the problem here is not anything ...

  5. Business groups split on state Senate energy bills

    article – 11/27/2016 - 7:10pm

    ... said of DTE. “But our state Legislature and (the Michigan Public Service Commission) have allowed them to act like a monopoly. And if you ... industry. We will lose all jobs that come from the solar sector - manufacturing, installation, etc. The economics of solar and wind are ...

  6. Michigan is shortening school assessment tests – by reducing writing

    article – 11/09/2017 - 2:06pm

    ... graders were “significantly lower” than the national public school average, and by far the lowest in the Midwest. Twenty-seven ... to support the goal of vertical integration of the education sector of the economy. Do parents, and especially taxpayers, desire local ...

  7. Where they stand: Michigan governor candidates’ infrastructure policies

    article – 05/10/2018 - 11:33am

    ... approach to road repair. Always playing catch-up and the public is fed up.” The campaign provided a link to a 2015 op-ed ... and look for more partnerships with the private sector on road and bridge projects, campaign spokeswoman Rachel Felice said via ...

  8. He loved teaching math in Michigan. Then he quit to manage a Chick-fil-A.

    article – 05/17/2018 - 7:51am

    ... math and English teacher who kids loved was driven away from public schools like many others I know. It's outrageous that we continue to ... had to make , leaving the classroom for a job in the private sector. Mr Leep exemplifies the resume of the professional educator I would ...

  9. Before Flint, a Detroit-area water warning system was allowed to crumble

    article – 12/22/2016 - 11:17pm

    ... Police to activate an emergency response center and warn the public in the affected area via cable television not to drink tap water. ... the monitoring network. The County engaged Public Sector Consultants (PSC) to facilitate development of a governance and funding ...

  10. Michigan classrooms loaded with rookie teachers who soon wash out

    article – 10/14/2013 - 10:10am

    ... does not track the percent of educators who drop out of public schools. But it does record the longevity and age of teachers, which ... teaching is important, it still should as in the private sector, be based on supply and demand, meaning their are a lot morevearly ...