Guest Commentary

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Opinion | Will China’s rise come at our demise?

June 26, 2018 | Tom Watkins

If the U.S. and Michigan don’t invest more in education, infrastructure and technology soon, China will own the next century, says Michigan’s former schools superintendent

Opinion | Michigan must stop charging 17-year-olds as adults

June 22, 2018 | Alicia Guevara Warren

They’re too young to vote, but in Michigan, 17-year-olds are considered adults in criminal court. Only four states do that.

Opinion | Challenge to Michigan redistricting initiative show need for reform

June 21, 2018 | Eric Lupher

Putting reviews of ballot initiatives at the end of the process creates headaches and expensive misfires, says the president of the Citizens Research Council.

Opinion | No mystery why Michigan professionals don’t go into education

June 20, 2018 | Ken Winter

Little pay and no respect aren’t good selling points for professionals who could teach college courses, exposing students to the real world.

Opinion | Gretchen Whitmer: Grow workforce by improving education

June 19, 2018 | Gretchen Whitmer

Prioritizing early childhood education will help turn Michigan around. It’s time to start, says the Democratic candidate for governor.

Opinion | Michigan has learned from Flint water crisis. But we must do more.

June 15, 2018 | Agustin V. Arbulu

he director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights says the agency has taken steps to reduce bias that led to the public health crisis.

Michigan Sen. David Knezek: Social studies changes are ‘mind-numbing’

June 14, 2018 | David Knezek

In dueling speeches, Knezek, a Democratic state senator, and Republican Sen. Patrick Colbeck duke it out over controversial changes to Michigan social studies standards.

Opinion | Make the companies that use the Soo Locks pay for a new one

June 14, 2018 | William B. Newman Jr.

The steel industry is the main beneficiary of a new lock proposed by Gov. Rick Snyder and President Donald Trump. So why isn’t that industry opening its wallet?

Michigan Sen. Patrick Colbeck: ‘There is a culture war going on’

June 14, 2018 | Patrick Colbeck

The state senator and Republican gubernatorial candidate defends his work helping revise Michigan’s social studies standards.

Opinion | Demand that candidates explain their plan for Michigan schools

June 12, 2018 | Jack Smith

Don’t let politicians get away with generic statements about improving schools, says MSU professor Jack Smith.

Opinion | Michigan universities should be clean energy leaders.

June 8, 2018 | Tom Porter

Only 10 of Michigan’s 42 universities and colleges have specific goals to curb greenhouse gases. That needs to change.

Opinion | Michigan should revise lead and copper rule to improve public health

June 7, 2018 | Elin Warn Betanzo, Eric Rothstein

We will not solve the lead exposure problem in Michigan by only testing for lead paint and ignoring the ongoing threat of lead in our water.

Opinion | A librarian in every Michigan school? Lawmakers make the case

June 5, 2018 | Adam Zemke, Darrin Camilleri, Christine Greig

Almost as endangered today as the northern white rhino, school librarians may be making a comeback, if three legislators have their way.

Opinion | Take a breath: Michigan schools’ tests scores aren’t as bad as you think

June 1, 2018 | Ron Koehler, Sunil Joy

You’ve read the doom-and-gloom stories. But they fail to point out how well many Michigan students are doing.

Opinion | Michigan reform bills will hurt teacher education programs

June 1, 2018 | Mitchell Robinson

Mitchell Robinson understands the desire to try things to improve Michigan schools. But he believes a package of bills addressing teacher education do more harm than good.

Opinion | One way to pick Michigan politicians: See how they treat animals

June 1, 2018 | Tanya Hilgendorf

Look beyond the campaign ads with the family pooch and ask how politicians will treat the four-legged friends around us.

Opinion | Dear candidate: Pay attention to those too young to vote

May 31, 2018 | Paula Cunningham, Tim Salisbury

Michigan desperately needs investment in early childhood education. Voters should ask candidates where they stand on the issue.

Opinion | Need a reason to care about a Line 5 spill? Here’s 6 billion of them.

May 29, 2018 | Robert Richardson, Nathan Brugnone

An uncontrolled spill lasting just two hours could cost Michigan at least $6 billion, say two Michigan State University researchers

Opinion | Puppy fight! Michigan legislator says he’s the one protecting pets

May 23, 2018 | Hank Vaupel

Rep. Hank Vaupel takes offense at a guest column accusing him of supporting puppy mills. He’s the one trying to close them down, says the former vet.

Opinion | 5 lessons Michigan cities can learn from the Twin Cities

May 22, 2018 | Lou Glazer

Metro Minneapolis is one of the most liveable regions in the country. It didn’t happen overnight.