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Labor Voices: Gov. Snyder, restore funding to our schools

Once again, our state budget is full of unnecessary hardships for working families. Those hardships are most readily apparent when it comes to education funding. Either Michigan's children just aren't a priority for Gov. Rick Snyder or he is one tough nerd in need of a very basic arithmetic lesson.

Report shows charters fare no better than traditional public schools

In yet another blow to "reform" advocates who claim the superiority of charter schools, a new report shows that charter schools largely mirror traditional public schools in terms of student test scores.

GOP's K-12 cuts result in Pontiac schools running out of toilet paper

The massive underfunding of public education by Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Legislature has created an untenable crisis for educators in yet another Michigan school district. 

Student filmmakers get opportunity to shine

The next Steven Spielberg or Orson Welles could be sitting in a Michigan classroom right now. We're one step closer to finding out, as student filmmakers from high schools across Michigan will compete for over $20,000 in prizes as part of the Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival.

Participants will submit 30-second public service announcements highlighting one of three positive themes: building character, promoting healthy lifestyles and celebrating diversity. The videos will be targeted to one of two audiences: K-6 students, and students in grades 7-12.

Study finds forcing school employees into 401(k)-style retirement plans would cost taxpayers billions

A new independent study shows that switching all state and school employees to a 401(k)-style retirement plan would cost Michigan taxpayers a staggering $18.1 billion over the next 30 years.

New charters don't meet quality standards

Legislation this year opened the door to the establishment of more charter schools. This fall, 31 new charters opened. Unfortunately, six of the 31 new schools are managed by operators who didn't meet the state's average for low-income students, according to a report by Education Trust-Midwest. Mosaica, Leona Group, Edtec Central, Education Management and Networks, Solid Rock Management Company and Midwest Management Company manage schools that failed to meet the state's average 33rd percentile on the state's Top to Bottom rankings.

Michigan PTA pledges support for Proposal 2

As child advocates and the voice of parents across the state, the Michigan PTA has endorsed Proposal 2 and condemned the ads bought by opponents as offensive.

Turn Lansing upside down with your vote for Supreme Court justices

When the Legislature passes bad laws--as they have for the past 20 months--and politics trumps justice, it’s the Michigan Supreme Court who ultimately decides what's fair.

That's why it's important to vote for Supreme Court justices who will rely on the law--not politics to make their decisions.

Proposal 5--too good to be true

Proponents of Proposal 5 are trying to push a rosy story about their constitutional amendment, which would require a 2/3 supermajority of the House and the Senate or a statewide vote of the people in order to raise taxes.  While that would make it harder to raise taxes, it would also allow for a minority of lawmakers to block needed funding for schools and public safety, while protecting the latest round of corporate special interest tax breaks.

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