Features and Highlights

Michigan Education Digest

DPS rejects de Porres; benefits bills divide Republicans; Hay Group testifies. … more

Nominal Cost?

Bitter confirmation fights exact a toll on judicial quality. … more

Erie Similarity

A second Great Lakes Charter proposal looks like the first. … more

Committees of Correspondence

From Michigan to Mongolia, where there is liberty, there is my country.  … more

Specialty Shopping

School districts are outsourcing jobs that require specialized skills.  … more

Water Weight

The Water Legacy Act is unnecessary and burdensome. … more

Cooling Apparatus?

State bureaucrats won’t help Michigan cities heat up the economy. … more

Beacon in Nairobi

James Shikwati, a close friend of the Center, is interviewed in Der Spiegel. … more

Tough NUT

Call it an "education association," but it knows what it wants. … more

Water Torture

"Large" regulatory water limits will drop ... drop ... drop.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

School sponsoring; Misuse of funds; Insurance controversy. … more

Voice of "Treason"

Adjunct Scholar Gary L. Wolfram responds to Gov. Granholm's accusation. … more

The Birth of Disneyland

Fifty years ago, Walt Disney beat the odds and confuted the experts. … more

A Critique of Pure Treason?

The "high Crime" hits hard times. … more

After the Sandstorm

Lawrence Reed's dispatch from post-communist Mongolia. … more

Court Building

Patrick J. Wright limns the architecture of Supreme Court nominations. … more

No Accident

Michael D. LaFaive recalls a successful state privatization 10 years later. … more

Pickup Lines

Imagine if truck makers, like educators, could force you to pay them more. … more

Medicaid Malpractice

A state task force has prescribed snake oil to cure Medicaid's swelling costs. … more

The Sound of Freedom

A movie helped make liberty one of our favorite things. … more

Michigan Education Digest

65 percent solution, teachers' exit, MEAP scores. … more

The Parent Trap

Parents fall prey to loaded questions about education. … more

Smoke and Terrors

High state tobacco taxes may look good, but they can foster crime and terrorism.  … more

Okemos Inquiries

A school board questions an election. A scholar questions the board's mission.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

NEA seeks members; insurance in Holland; community service overruled. … more

Language Barrier

Simply threatening bad state policies can keep investors out. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Waivers for school laws, Kansas court order, state college tuition boost. … more

Property Damage

The U.S. Supreme Court has vandalized the Fifth Amendment's takings clause.  … more

Throng Answer

Leaders of Tuesday's education rally failed to address a key question.  … more

Ballot Breather

This nonelection month is brought to you by the state's new consolidation law.  … more

Classroom Demonstration?

Today's rally in Lansing should focus on the classroom, not automatic spending. … more

Thatcher of the West

Our senior economist puts some English on our role.  … more

Schools of Theology

A Florida court case shows how we've established a narrow education ideology. … more

House Bills

A proposed state budget would involve numerous cost-cutting policy changes. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Detroit financial report, new Florida NCLB status, hearing on education funding bill. … more

A Tale of Two Boxers

Schmeling K.O.’d by Louis! Louis K.O.’d by the U.S. Government! … more

A Patriot's History

Something good seems to have happened in the United States after all. … more

Armey Deregulations

A former U.S. House majority leader speaks to Michigan about telecom.  … more

Dioxin Oversight

The state is supervising a dioxin cleanup, but has overlooked key concerns.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Computerized MEAP, Flint sweeps for truants, state school funding. … more

Remembering Reagan

The former president's death a year ago recalled his tributes to freedom.  … more

Jobs Yesterday?

Gov. Granholm's bond proposal recalls a disastrous 19th century bond sale.  … more

Gas Log

If you're burning over U.S. gas prices, just review the record.  … more

Tax Hike

People pick up and go for many reasons. One of them appears to be taxes. … more

Michigan Education Digest

California charter schools, Granholm scholarship audit, cost of remediation. … more

Cleaned Out

Diane S. Katz compares a flawed state environmental bond to a new proposal. … more

Ethic Cleansing?

Christopher F. Bachelder sifts business ethics from business law. … more

Union Gap?

Charter schools are mostly not unionized — but how long can that last? … more

Michigan Education Digest

New state superintendent, K-12 cuts foregone, new-teacher emigration.  … more


Controversy continues over the No Child Left Behind Act. … more

Dear John

Michael LaFaive writes a letter about the state's economy. The news isn’t good. … more

Clarkson's Essay

One man with courage makes a majority — and his lifetime can change the world. … more

Out to Lunch

Imagine a restaurant that issues coupons, not good food. Welcome to Michigan.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

ISD collaboration, shunning letter grades, higher education funding formula.  … more

Grand Rapids Transit

The Grand Rapids Board of Education moves buses to help the classroom. … more

Ground Rule Trouble

Broad and nebulous groundwater regulations should be out of bounds. … more

Lifetime of Liberty

Threescore years and 10 ago, a Michigan-trained justice held for liberty.  … more

MEGA Hurts?

It certainly doesn't seem to help. Michigan's economy deserves better. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Superintendent amendment fails, Ypsilanti eyes consolidation, Detroit parents choose charters.  … more

Grading Curve

We may give our local schools high marks, but what do we know? … more

Remembering the Soviets

For once, Hollywood got it right.  … more

Water Chestnut

Russ Harding finds Michigan is not lagging in groundwater protection after all. … more

Michigan Education Digest

State recalls MEAP scores, Pupil count audits, Flint diploma guarantee.  … more

Teen Spirit

National Charter Schools Week marks the 13th birthday of the first charter school. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Livingston charters, NCLB lawsuit, Grand Rapids transfers.  … more

Private Corrections

Our legislative analyst testifies to a Michigan House subcommittee. … more

Ann Arbor Trailblazers

Two of our longtime friends show the power of civil society in action. … more

Nun Better Suited?

The closing of Catholic schools is bad news for the underprivileged. … more

Organ Keys

Private efforts are helping improve the supply of donated organs for transplants.  … more

Ballast Proposal

Pursuing exotic species control, Michigan may go it alone (and give it away). … more

Citizen Legislators

MichiganVotes.org multiplies the power of informed citizens. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Grand Rapids concessions, Connecticut challenges NCLB, Muskegon advertising.  … more

LaFaive in Lansing

Our fiscal policy director testifies to the Michigan House Commerce Committee. … more

Business As Usual?

Trying to run government like a business risks missing the point.  … more

Left Behind

NCLB is just new wine in an old bottle called Goals 2000. … more

April 15

There has to be a better way.
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Michigan Education Digest

Federal rules eased; allegations against Detroit schools.  … more

MEGA Analysis

A high-profile state economic program is, well, high-profile. … more

Gentleman's C

Michigan's math standards are seen as average. … more

"Be Not Afraid"

John Paul II bequeathed courage and dignity in his legacy of freedom. … more

How Do You Spell Relief?

Nineteenth century U.S. presidents spelled it "L-I-B-E-R-T-Y." … more

Thinking Outside The Box

Bold action by Michigan's political leaders can create a legendary "Spring of 2005." … more

Michigan Education Digest

Burnley replacement, High school steroid ban, College graduates in Michigan.  … more

Error Message

Gov. Granholm wisely pulled the plug on an ineffective computer program. … more

Private Initiative, Public Spirit

The legacy of a 19th century Muskegon lumberman remains in America today. … more

Waiting for Gadola

The Federalist Society honors one of our own. … more

Free Labor

A solution for Michigan's worst-in-the-nation unemployment rate. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Arizona tax credit decision, Detroit tech unused, Granholm backs superintendent choice.  … more

Broken English

A Fordham Foundation report gives Michigan a poor grade in English instruction. … more

The Visionary

Mackinac Center supporters are like Gen. Billy Mitchell. … more

Automatic Pilot

A Pentagon commission offers insight about reducing the size of government. … more

Bored of Education

The state Board of Education asks to define school achievement down. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Catholic school tuition, Head Start mismanagement, higher education cuts.  … more

Holy Hybrid!

Progressive subsidies (and regressive taxes) for Mother Earth. … more

Happy Anniversary, Free Speech

We celebrate our legal victory.
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The recent problems at Kmart and Tower underscore MEGA's problems. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Battle Creek consolidation, Detroit retirement deal, state's NCLB request.  … more

Quagmire's End?

An update on the quicksand case against "wetlands" developer John Rapanos. … more

Soapy's Choice

A political gambit that turned out to be too clever by half. … more

Stealing the Bootstraps

A higher minimum wage can have insidious effects.  … more

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