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Talent & education

Smartest kids: In Florida, early reading and frequent testing bring results, and pushback

Emphasis on literacy and testing to monitor progress are credited with a rise in student learning in Florida, particularly for low-income and minority students. But some ask, how much is too much?

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Talent & education

How Michigan, Florida compare

Florida students, including low-income students, have risen dramatically in national academic rankings while students in Michigan are being left behind.

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Guest commentary

Michigan’s pre-school program needs more money, integration

Model programs in states like Oklahoma provide money to attract quality teachers and properly train them, an upfront investment that will pay off mightily for Michigan down the road.

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Phil's column

Detroit leaders display the art of governance

Retiring Congressman John Dingell says his biggest accomplishments over nearly six decades in Washington were brought about by bringing people together for the public good. That same philosophy is now playing out in Detroit.

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The Center for Michigan

Join us for Ballot Bash 2014!

The Center for Michigan is teaming up with MLive Media Group and Michigan Radio to bring voters a series of unique events this election season. Ballot Bash 2014 will give you the chance to watch live and in person as candidates for […]

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Economy & competitive position

Twenty years after NAFTA, a mini Detroit rises in Mexico

Saltillo was once prized for its colonial architecture. Now, this Mexican desert city is flanked by a sprawling vista of tiny stucco homes, where first generation auto workers scrape to join the middle class.

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Economy & competitive position

West Michigan furniture giants praise NAFTA, even as they stick close to home

Steelcase moved manufacturing to Mexico to save on labor. Herman Miller and Haworth have largely stayed put, with few regrets.

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Guest commentary

Senate panel should pass records law that serves the public

Sen. Richardville is blocking a FOIA bill that will keep the government from refusing to turn over public records, or charging exorbitant fees for their release. Passing this bill will make government bureaucrats more accountable.

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Brunch with Bridge

Clearing the air on Brunch columnists

Greg McNeilly’s writing wasn’t rejected at the bidding of “big government.” It just wasn’t a good fit for Bridge’s Sunday commentary feature.

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