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What to know:
Bridge Magazine welcomes a diversity of voices and perspectives from readers on issues important to Michigan. Guest commentaries reflect the views of the author(s), and are independent of the nonpartisan, fact-driven reporting of Bridge’s newsroom staff.
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Supt. Mike Flanagan says the state’s public schools are in a “continuous wash of confusing redirection,” and blames much of the problem on poverty and other social ills. Teachers, he said, get unfairly scapegoated when they should be honored.
There’s more to big construction projects than paying the lowest possible price for labor. Keeping wages at a prevailing union rate encourages innovation and cost controls throughout the industry.
Oversight, done skillfully, is essential for effective bipartisan work. Promoting, teaching and demonstrating it is the goal for the Levin Center, named for Michigan’s recently retired U.S. senator.
Equality isn’t a zero-sum game. It’s good for everybody, everywhere in Michigan. And couldn’t we use a little more of that?
Compared to two of our Midwestern neighbors, we’re paying less for health care here, probably because of policy and our insurance landscape.
“Read or flunk” laws don’t work, but there are other ideas and programs that can have children reading at grade level at the critical juncture of third-fourth grade.
Gov. Snyder rightly points to the cost savings of prison diversion programs. Nowhere will this investment do more good than in the expansion and funding of such programs for young people.
A long-overdue talk on race won’t yield results in the gleaming corridors of the Grand Hotel. The powers that be need to get out of their comfort zone and into city neighborhoods for any real discussion, and change, to take shape.
Michigan’s African-American and white students are performing dismally compared with their demographic peers across the country. We must adopt bold strategies that are working in leading states.
Anti-chaining laws are on the books in 19 states. Having one here would prevent dog owners from making their animals live unhappy lives on the end of a tether.
In Tennessee, investing in improving the quality of teaching is paying off with better results in the classroom.
Clarkston Community Schools’ leaders bemoan the long hours young students spend on mandatory testing, and offer an alternative plan.
The flashpoint in West Baltimore may have passed-- but the problems and mounting community frustration in cities across Michigan and America remain.
An economist lists the problems with Proposal 1, and finds them, as a whole, too worrisome to justify a yes vote on May 5.
Yes, Michigan’s roads are atrocious. But this writer says Proposal 1 would increase funding for entities that have nothing to do with roads.
Yes, it raises taxes, but the problem it was designed to solve is urgent and must be addressed if the state is to move forward.
A Mackinac Center analyst says the way the state spends $1.5 billion on higher education is unfair.
The shiny technology we discard contains hazardous waste, and devices need to be recycled responsibly – especially since the volume is growing so fast.
Even residents who don’t drive can be directly affected by the terrible condition of the state’s transportation infrastructure. Proposal 1 is the best chance to get it fixed.
You don’t have to have immunity to be a diplomat. Some of the most rewarding relationships between people of different countries start with people-to-people exchanges.