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The long-awaited Michigan Education Finance Study emphasizes that money matters in education, but firehose funding isn't the answer to improving Michigan schools. Aid targeted to student populations most at risk of underachieving would be a good start
As the energy industry transforms, the state’s energy marketers are not being held to the same standards of reliability as utility companies. Reform legislation must ensure Michigan has enough power in the future
Higher-education authorizers of charter schools provide an unequaled opportunity to tackle the complex task of improving public education.
The GOP presidential candidate is blaming Democrats when state politics and policy are dominated by Republican
Fentanyl is a powerful opiate that is taking a serious toll in fatal overdoses. An antidote drug can reverse its effects and save lives, but it has to be administered quickly. Which means it has to be made available to more than just ER doctors
School buses carry precious cargo, so drivers need to be aware of how and why they operate the way they do. When in doubt, slow down or stop
Small student gains on the most recent statewide test are no reason to abandon the exam. M-STEP offers an honest assessment of education in Michigan compared with high-achieving states. Let’s stick with it
Former Michigan Gov. William Milliken has actively worked behind the scenes to galvanize opposition to laws that put juvenile offenders behind bars for life.
Taking this survey will help develop opportunities and remove barriers for women of color in West Michigan.
The 24th time maybe won't be the charm for Metro Detroit mass transit. Why? Tax fatigue, representation and unheard concerns
Harnessing the unique, often brilliant minds of adults on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum can help improve society, while providing fulfilling work that brings purpose and joy to their lives.
Don’t believe the disaster in Flint came from bad decisions made by career bureaucrats. The blame is deeply rooted, and goes to the heart of state and local governments
With an oversupply of already-trained dental professionals, there’s no need to add another specialist to the ranks of those caring for teeth.
Recycling abandoned buildings targeted for demolition costs more in the short term, but pays benefits down the road, besides reducing solid-waste output
A Senate bill would authorize a midlevel dental professional trained to deliver routine but critical care such as filling cavities in poor areas of Michigan where dentists are few or overwhelmed
Approving a diversion -- with many strings attached -- of Great Lakes water is a textbook example of the exception that proves the rule. The lakes will be healthier as a result
Too many academically advanced children, particularly minority children, are likely going unidentified because Michigan, unlike other states, does not require that they be grouped by ability and taught in ways that allow them to achieve their potential.
Reacting to former Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema’s comment that Snyder has had trouble advancing his agenda since 2012, Snyder advisor Dick Posthumus cites Snyder’s fiscal, jobs stewardship.
With costs rising for both the state and its students in higher education, Michigan’s university system must find ways to consolidate operations, including such innovations as offering online courses to students at other schools.
An innovative community based coverage plan developed in Muskegon can be a model to help residents who can’t otherwise pay large deductibles found in the health exchanges.