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Public sector

Deal to fix roads reached in lame duck, but voters must approve new tax

The bipartisan deal aligns with overwhelming public support for road investment across the state, even if it means higher taxes. The deal captures $1.2 billion a year for Michigan’s crumbling transportation infrastructure, but requires voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax increase in May.

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Detroit bankruptcy and beyond

Photo gallery: A day in the life of Detroit after bankruptcy

Michigan Radio asked photographer Ali Lapetina to traverse Detroit one day; she returned with this gallery of a city in motion

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Public sector

What state House and Senate leaders say they will do first in 2015

Four legislative leaders tell Bridge Magazine what’s on their mind when the new legislative session begins in January.

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Detroit bankruptcy and beyond

Postcard from Detroit:

A forlorn park gets a fixup

When a fence went up around a cherished community park, residents thought gentrification might be the culprit. But it turns out a neighborhood development group is making the park better.

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Talent & education

Special education rates vary wildly by school district, race, gender and income

A Bridge Magazine- Michigan Radio investigation suggests that early education interventions could help many struggling students avoid a special ed designation. See our interactive database showing special education rates in your school district.

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Talent & education

How parents can negotiate their child’s path through special education

All parents of kids with disabilities have a lot to know when it comes to education, leaving parents searching for tips and advice from other parents, special education officials and advocates on how best to get the services they think their child

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Talent & education

Special Education searchable list

Special education varies by district Type in the name of your school district or charter school, and see the percentage of students with Individualized Education Programs overall, plus the percentage of students in special education by gender and race. Data shows both […]

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Detroit bankruptcy and beyond

The job-skills shortage:

As good jobs finally arrive, few Detroiters have the skills to fill them

Thousands of positions in construction, healthcare, information technology and other high-growth fields are finally coming as Detroit emerges from bankruptcy. But a rollback in job programs and an educational system that leaves many young adults short on reading and math skills means many Detroiters can’t even quality for job training.

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Detroit bankruptcy and beyond

The job-skills shortage:

Detroit Public Schools taking a new approach with trade schools

Detroit Public Schools once served thousands of students daily at vocational -technical career centers. Declining enrollment and high school closures led to cuts. DPS is now re-inventing the trade schools.

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Phil's column

Detroit rescued by great leaders who kept showing up

A cast of judges, lawyers and politicians united by a shared sense of responsibility helped usher the city through bankruptcy with remarkable speed.

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