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Mackinac Center’s Education Director Audrey Spalding’s Service on Charter School Board Raises Serious Questions

ShareAudrey Spalding is the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s Director of Education Policy.  Like so many of today’s education reformers, Spalding has never been an educator, unless you count five months of teaching English in China.  Spalding majored in Journalism and Economics at … Continue reading

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August: When Kids Try to Make the Team and Teachers are Encouraged to Quit the Team

ShareWhile school doesn’t start until after Labor Day, many students return to school in August to try out for a fall sports team.  Teachers also return to school in August to join their teaching team for professional development.  Yes, a teaching staff is also a … Continue reading

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Snyder’s Campaign Finance Statements Show Millionaires Love Him and Billionaires Adore Him

ShareThe pre-primary campaign finance statements are now online and they paint a stark contrast between Governor Rick Snyder and his opponent Mark Schauer.  Governor Snyder had 69 individuals donate the maximum contribution of $6,800 this period.  Those 69 people netted his campaign almost half … Continue reading

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The Republican Stronghold in Wexford County: A Synopsis and a Hypothesis.

ShareI set out to understand why Republicans have had such great political success in my home county of Wexford.  Currently, every one of my elected officials from County Commissioner all the way up to my U.S. Representative are Republicans, and if you have read this blog … Continue reading

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Corporate Lobbyist/Former Governor Engler Makes Outragous Comment About Public School Teachers

ShareFormer Governor, and current corporate lobbyist, John Engler is once again in the Michigan news.  The Detroit Free Press asked Enlger, who signed Michigan’s first charter school law, his opinion about the unflattering revelations by a Detroit Free Press expose’ on charters.  Engler quickly changed the … Continue reading

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Republican Mailing Uses Fake Michigan Family to Claim They Support Education

ShareState Representative Phil Potvin’s mailer arrived in my mailbox today.  Potvin’s letter touts the Republicans’ commitment to education.  It was a bit like getting a mailer from PETA saying they support the meat packing industry!  I’ve seen firsthand the Republicans’ commitment to education when I saw … Continue reading

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Looking out for #1. Legislators Spending an Additional 4.7 Million at the Capitol in 2014

ShareMichigan Republicans are once again taking care of #1.  In March they increased spending on Capitol Police by 1.7 million dollars despite the fact that the Capitol Building is one of the safest places in the state.  This month they passed a … Continue reading

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Part-time Legislature Ballot Initiative is Dead

ShareThe part-time legislature ballot initiative is dead.  The following message is now posted on the committee’s website: The Committee to Restore Michigan’s Part-time Legislature regrets to announce the suspension of its campaign to restore Michigan’s citizen-driven, part-time legislature.  It is now apparent … Continue reading

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The Most Abusurd Thing About the EAA Spending Spree

ShareThe Education Achievement Authority (EAA) hasn’t had much good press lately.  The district, made of Detroit’s worst performing schools, got its test results back and the vast majority of students “failed to show even marginal progress.”  Then the district made national news when a … Continue reading

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Forget Roads or Schools, Michigan’s Surplus is Going to Businesses According to State Rep.

ShareRepresentative Phil Potvin, of the 102nd district, appeared earlier this month on the WCMU program Capitol Report.  When host David Nichols asked where Michigan’s 975 million dollar surplus was going to be spent, Potvin might have shared something Republicans don’t want you to know. … Continue reading

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