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With $2 Billion at Stake, $100 Fines Won't Deter Violations of State Law

What's to stop a school district from breaking the law and using its resources to support the passing of Proposal 1 on May 5? There's $2 billion at stake. Would a $100 fine be enough deterrent? … more

State of Michigan Workers Use 4x as Many Sick Days as Private Sector

State of Michigan workers averaged 10.7 days of sick leave on average in 2013-14. That was on top of an average of 18 days of vacation taken. … more

Who You Gonna Believe? A K-12 Superintendent or the State Constitution?

Forest Hills Public Schools Superintendent Dan Behm may want to talk to one of his high school government teachers on just what the state constitution says about school funding. … more

The Irony of Michigan's Film Incentive Program

Michael Moore made a movie criticizing corporate welfare and received $845,145 in corporate welfare from the Michigan Film Office. Chris-Teena Constas made the movie celebrating corporate welfare and didn’t get any money from the state. … more

How did 'Months of Extra Learning' Become Part of the Problem?

Detroit has 90 percent of its conventional high schools failing academically. A recent study by a respected Stanford University research group found Detroit charter schools should serve as a model for other communities. Yet, a coalition led by the Skillman Foundation found fault with charter schools in their report. … more

What Happened in Five Days?

In a TV interview, State Rep. Rose Mary Robinson said she didn't support the state's film tax credits. But five days later, she voted for it. … more

Budget Cut to the Bone? It's Increased by $5 Billion the Last Three Years

The president of the largest teachers union is trying to get a $2 billion tax hike approved by saying the budget has been cut to the bone. Actually, it's increased by nearly $5 billion in the past three years. … more

State Film Incentives are the Real 'President Business' Villain

The Lego Movie is being criticized for an anti-business theme with 'President Business' cast as an evil tyrant. But even 'President Business' didn't have taxpayers subsidize a movie company that had nearly $3 billion in profits in 2014. … more

Transit: So Popular it Needs to be Subsidized

As much as 80 to 90 percent of of the total cost of public transportation is picked up by taxpayers. Can we afford for it to get any more popular? … more

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Sound Like 'Em

There are several Detroit Public Schools that sound a lot like charter schools but don't perform like their competitors. See: Medicine and Community Health Academy at Cody (That's a DPS school.) … more

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