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Opinion | Learning a lesson in civility from Michigan seventh-graders

July 27, 2018 | Gail Katz

In times of intolerance, a group of middle-schoolers visited the houses of worship of different religions to understand our differences and our similarities. If only adults were as mature.

Opinion | Parents don’t consider charter schools political – why do politicians?

July 26, 2018 | Dan Quisenberry

Nearly one in 10 students in Michigan attend a charter school, and yet they’re being kicked around to satisfy the partisan needs of the grown-ups. That has to stop, says a charter school leader.

Opinion | Charter schools have done more harm than good in Michigan.

July 26, 2018 | Mitchell Robinson

An MSU education professor bemoans the influence of charter school operators in Michigan. The direction of public education is a battle worth having.  

Opinion | Tim Greimel wrongfully blames governor for immigrant children sent to Michigan

July 25, 2018 | Dick Posthumus

Dick Posthumus didn’t take kindly to a guest column penned by the Democratic legislator about immigrant children separated from their parents and in being held in Michigan.

Opinion | Don’t insult Michigan voters, let them vote on redistricting

July 18, 2018 | Bill Bobier, M.L. “Mickey” Knight

If the Supreme Court strikes down redistricting reform it would disrespect for the people’s right to decide how their government works, and contempt for the intelligence of voters.

Opinion | Oakland County isn’t racist or uncooperative for protecting taxpayers

July 17, 2018 | Bill Mullan

Oakland County remains the economic engine of Michigan, even if the “Gilbert cartel” has poached some jobs. Looking out for county taxpayers doesn’t mean Oakland isn’t cooperating with neighbors.

Opinion | Detroit tax breaks need to help neighbors, not just business empires

July 17, 2018 | Robert Ficano

Former Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano urges governor candidates to consider new tax policies to help grow small businesses, rather than business titans.

Opinion | Please Gov. Snyder, protect immigrant children shipped to Michigan

July 16, 2018 | Rep. Tim Greimel

The state isn’t powerless to intercede on behalf of children separated from their parents at the Mexican border and housed in Michigan, says Rep. Tim Greimel

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.