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What does it really cost to educate students? Let’s take another stab at figuring it out.

Michigan school finance needs rethinking if schools are to thrive. Another study, funded in part by the Small Business Association, will help clarify how.

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It melts ice in winter. It degrades infrastructure year-round. Is road salt worth it?

At a time when the state needs every extra penny to repair, replace and upgrade its roads and bridges, why are we pouring a corrosive chemical on them?




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Education proposals this year could further harm Michigan students

Michigan is already far behind leading states. So why is the state considering measures that reduce accountability and funding while making it harder for parents to get honest information on school performance?




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Beyond suspension or expulsion, ‘restorative practices’ is more thoughtful discipline

We don’t put children in dunce caps or make them stand in the corner anymore. RP is an alternative that can be used for in-school offenses both serious and less so.




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Medicaid integration can be a health-care success story

Michigan effectively manages its Medicaid system through a privatized system, and consumers should not fear integrating mental and behavioral health. A forthcoming report should offer new ideas.




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Snyder should veto ill-considered legislative bullying of home rule

Communities are best-served by their local governments. So why does the Legislature care whether some make their own policies about plastic bags?




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No tampering found in Michigan presidential vote on Election Day

Anderson Economic Group reached this conclusion based on its forensic analysis of county-level vote totals in Michigan.




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Michigan’s election system does not count every vote

Aging equipment, confused voters and plain old human error spoils a certain number of ballots every election. Other humans try to sort things out.




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A new absentee option will make voting process easier, but still secure

Two bills introduce a seventh option for voters who can’t make it to the polls on election day.




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Conservative Energy Forum on state’s electricity: Not many sparks

For such an essential service, Michigan’s record for reliability of its electrical grid is pretty dismal. And we’re not doing all that well by the planet, either.




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How many times do voters need to howl before legislature gets the message?

If you thought the political year was over, think again. The Michigan legislature is engaging in dangerous lame-duck politics and it deserves our attention. In this instance, it concerns the unusual, years-long obsession of a few lawmakers who want to clear a […]

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Selling yourself at the business holiday party

Tips for networking at a holiday party, and pitfalls to avoid. Spoiler alert: Concentrate more on the business part than the partying.




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Isn’t unemployment enough of a burden without a kick from a robo-enforcer?

This lame-duck session, Michigan lawmakers need to end the victimization of the unemployed, via an out-of-control computer system.




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School choice and quality don’t always go together

It’s essential for our communities to have quality education available for their children. But choice isn’t the way to get there.




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Vulnerable kids can’t improve reading if their parents can’t help

A new law that will hold back students who can’t read by third grade is intended to boost early reading skills so that retention is not necessary. For this to work, state must take steps to help low-education parents help their children at home.




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How bottled water undermines public trust

Michigan tap water is clean, safe and cheap, but people who profit from putting it in a bottle would like you to suspect theirs is better. That’s good for profits, but bad for the public.




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Here’s looking at you, kids, and we’ll help you get a good start

Two prominent foundations are launching an initiative to put attention and resources into early childhood, when they’re most likely to pay lasting dividends.




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Faced with a labor shortage, companies create their own pipeline

Skilled labor apprentices is not a new idea. But this company adapted it to their industry, and their new employees’ needs.




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