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As some take aim at school choice, Legislature is unlikely to agree

Proposal A opened a wealth of choices for parents and students, but some see the ensuing marketplace as too fragmented to serve students well.

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Brunch with Bridge

Step by step, bit by Fitbit, self-improvement becomes a losing game

Some people can turn anything into a contest – even a friendly competition to improve one’s health. Running in place at the stove, anyone?

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Talent & education

Why Detroit’s new school leadership won’t much matter

Detroit will improve its chronically low-performing schools when the system focuses more on proven, consistent academic reforms and less on changes to its power structure.

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Talent & education

Love him or hate him, here’s how one school superintendent calls snow days

Everybody else gets to sleep in, but the person who decides whether to cancel school has to be up at 4 a.m., having a conference call. It’s a chilling duty, and thankless.

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Talent & education

Michigan’s future teachers flunking test of ‘basic’ content

Fewer than 1-in-3 aspiring teachers are passing a new certification exam that tests math, reading and writing skills. Proponents of the test say its raises the bar for the profession; but teaching colleges call the test confusing.

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Guest commentary

Obama’s right, higher education should be available to all

President Obama’s proposal for free community college tuition builds on the reality behind the Kalamazoo Promise: that a high school degree is no longer enough to earn a decent, family-supporting income.

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Phil's column

Crime, crime everywhere

A recent study co-written by the Mackinac Center shows how Michigan lawmakers have larded the criminal code with thousands of (often arcane) offenses that many folks wouldn’t consider inherently wrong.

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