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A former mayor of Ypsilanti explains how that city beat back infighting and helped its residents upgrade infrastructure and attitudes.
Taking a more regional approach to local government would improve the efficiency and economics of service delivery. Counties are in a better position to drive technology, elections, tax assessments and other back office functions.
A West Michigan civic group argues for an end to rote memorization, and more focus on early childhood education, promoting kids based on competence rather than the calendar, and reforming how teachers are trained.
The state’s institutions of higher education need to do better by their students and funders, including taxpayers.
Take a moment to nominate someone in Michigan who is working to reduce energy waste
DTE Chairman and CEO takes issue with recent Bridge findings on Michigan's power outages.
Granted, the latest Center for Michigan report on public trust in government is pretty grim. But making it better is a participatory sport.
It seems like common sense: Make sure students know their material before being promoted to the next grade. But many factors keep it from working. We need to fix that.
Small policy changes won’t change the downward spiral of local governments across Michigan. Here are a few alternatives.
Obamacare is an imperfect system, but key indicators show it’s improving care for many Michiganders. Is the ACHA what we want to replace it with?
It’s of utmost importance that we get education right, if we’re going to move the state forward. Policy and funding are only the most important pieces.
New legislative bills would remove the curtain of secrecy that shrouds backroom deals and corruption, make legislators more accountable to their constituents and bring Michigan in line with other states.
The 25-member group looked for ways to improve school performance in Michigan. It’s a thorny problem just to consider, but we have to find answers that work.
The evidence is clear: The jobs of the future will require post-secondary education, but our data is pretty dismal on that front. Higher ed of all types is the answer.
The locked-in are locked out of Social Security, but as prison populations and health-care costs rise, it’s far cheaper to treat them under Medicaid.
C----- C--- is the standard-which-must-not-be-named, but we still need agreement on what students need to learn in Michigan. And we need to keep them in place long enough to know whether they actually work.
Not considering job applicants with criminal histories deprives Michigan employers of qualified talent
A bottom-up, low-cost approach to sprucing up and improving public spaces is paying off in several Michigan cities.
With all the emphasis on “return on investment” in early childhood education, let’s not forget that play, and just play, is the real way children build a foundation for the schooling to come.
People who rent homes in Detroit are often at the mercy of unscrupulous or negligent landlords. The city should stiffen inspection laws and help average Detroiters get better information on rental properties.