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Michigan Truth Squad

Anti-Schauer ad overplays his ‘rock star’ status

The Democratic gubernatorial nominee played a part in raising taxes under Gov. Jennifer Granholm, but he did not cast deciding vote. And hanging the state’s economic recession on the pair is not supported by the evidence.

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Michigan Truth Squad

Foul for anti-Snyder ad linking pay raises to schools

The governor is facing heat for giving huge raises to treasury executives and government contracts to his cousin’s company. But this ad goes overboard in suggesting those payments shortchanged the state’s public schools.

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Talent & education

Smartest kids: Teaching starts early, with special focus on the poor, in Minnesota

Minnesota traces its elite status to tough academic standards, the nation’s most extensive early childhood education program and higher investment in low-income schools.

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Talent & education

How Minnesota and Michigan students compare on the NAEP

Michigan vs Minnesota Michigan and Minnesota spend roughly the same amount per pupil, and yet the performance of Minnesota students on national tests is far superior to that of Michigan students, including low-income students. Proponents of the Minnesota system note that the […]

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Phil's column

A dark-money cloud obscures issues that matter in Michigan

Who’s supporting the candidates running for office? How much are they investing in the outcome? Right now, we can only guess about much of it.

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Brunch with Bridge

A little respect – and attention – for the non-traditional collegian

Not all students on college campuses fit the typical mold of young and full-time. The older, working, married, child-rearing scholars are a growing demographic.

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Brunch with Bridge

To a voter with principles, sometimes voting is the right thing to (not) do

Make all the jokes about “none of the above” you want, but if you really hold your beliefs true, it’s difficult to make some choices in the voting booth.

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Quality of life

DNR yields to public and will not allow drilling under prized land at Hartwick Pines

A Bridge article revealing possible oil leasing under the virgin pines produced a backlash from environmental groups, and from the family that donated the land. The DNR says it may still allow drilling in other parts of the park.

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A Truth Squad companion

Special report: 10 things every voter should know about Michigan taxes

The tools you need to provide your own fact-driven answer to that question.

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A Truth Squad companion

Michigan tax facts, part 2: Who wants what in the long war over taxes

Wildly different views of the future drive the ongoing intellectual war over tax policy in Michigan.

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Michigan Truth Squad

Flagrant foul to teachers group for video bashing Snyder

The MEA attacks governor for education cuts that it says led to slashed programs and big bonuses for CEOs.

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Michigan Truth Squad

Truth Squad gives warning in Snyder ‘Numbers’ ad

Gov. Snyder gives himself a low-key pat on the back for economic improvements he says he has made as governor, and we run the numbers.

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Talent & education

‘The smartest kids': About this series

As Michigan students muddle along in academic mediocrity, their peers across much of the nation are zooming past. What are other states doing that Michigan is not? Bridge visited four to find out.

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Talent & education

Smartest kids: In Tennessee, an epic turnaround

A perennial bottom dweller in academic rankings, Tennessee has sprinted to respectability by demanding more of teachers and students and giving them the tools to succeed.

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Talent & education

Smartest kids graphic: How Michigan and Tennessee compare on NAEP

Comparing the latest NAEP scores from Michigan and Tennessee, you might not notice much difference: students in both states produce middling results. But these graphics show how Tennessee students are rapidly improving, while Michigan has barely budged.

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Guest commentary

Yes, Michigan, who is governor does make a difference

Gov. Snyder’s common-sense reforms, economic policies are fueling Michigan’s comeback.

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Phil's column

A new president, a noble history

Friday’s inauguration of Dr. Mark S. Schlissel at the University of Michigan was a moving demonstration of hope for our future.

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Guest commentary

How much credit (or blame) does Gov. Snyder deserve?

How much difference can a governor make to Michigan’s economy? Not as much as pundits and politicians think.

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