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Guest commentary

A cull is a kill, and it’s an overreaction to deer ‘problem’

In saying, “Bambi, begone,” let’s remember the facts about deer eradication in urban and suburban areas. It may not even work very well.

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Talent & education

Lack of college guidance keeps poor and rural students from applying

From ACT prep to private tutors and advisors, middle- and high-income students are groomed to follow their dreams. For bright low-income students, the first obstacle is learning where to start.

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Talent & education

Putting a college advisor in every Michigan high school

Getting low-income students to think about two- and four-year colleges is the goal of a program that can lift young people from poverty and boost the state’s economy.

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Guest commentary

Simplify school funding by freeing more dollars for the classroom

Michigan has lost its focus on student achievement while chasing the latest education fads and worrying about charter schools, choice, and how much money other districts receive.

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Guest commentary

Michigan must continue to hold schools accountable for achievement gaps

The Michigan Department of Education is being pressured to avoid using achievement gap data in its state rankings of schools. If we are to improve academic success for our most vulnerable students, the state must resist such pressure.

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The Center for Michigan

Join us to discuss “Getting to Work” in Michigan

The Center for Michigan’s public engagement team has been traveling the state to facilitate Community Conversations about jobs and workforce development. Please join us when we come to a town near you!

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Detroit bankruptcy and beyond

Mapping out how Detroit is tackling a mountain of blight

Faced with derelict properties across the city, leaders choose a strategy that produces measurable results in a few, targeted neighborhoods.

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Detroit bankruptcy and beyond

INTERACTIVE MAP: Where Detroit is focusing on blight

See which neighborhoods are getting the city's attention, and which are being ignored.

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Detroit bankruptcy and beyond

In a city filled with blight, one Detroit neighborhood gets help while another waits

Detroit officials must pick winners and losers in deciding which areas get homes demolished first. Those that must wait: neighborhoods already too far gone.

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Detroit bankruptcy and beyond

Landing a job isn’t the end of obstacles facing one Detroit mom

For ordinary Detroiters like Fatima Mixon, finding a job is just the first step. Securing transportation to get to work can feel like winning the lottery. In Mixon’s case, that’s exactly what happened.

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Phil's column

Who wins when residents don’t know the people making policy?

When political parties control who gets nominated for the state board of education and other policy offices, the candidates that emerge are too often the product of special interests.

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