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Vulnerable children & families

For most students, the nurse won’t see you now

Michigan has fewer school nurses than almost any state. Some districts are getting creative to try to solve the problem.




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Public sector

McPhail continues to lead Detroit charter school, faces more fines

Detroit Community Schools, run by former Detroit city attorney Sharon McPhail, faces $21k in monthly fines for continuing to employ her and another administrator who the state say lack proper certification as administrators. She has appealed.




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Michigan Truth Squad

Johnson fairly attacks Bergman’s residency and fish tale, but fouls on asset claim

This Truth Squad inquiry begins with a one-page fact sheet, and ends with two men and their fish.




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Michigan Truth Squad

Foul on GOP for innuendo on Johnson’s home

Does Lon Johnson live in Kalkaska County? Or a penthouse apartment in Detroit? A national Republican group implies the latter, but can’t back it up.




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Phil's column

Will Lansing commit to transparency and high education standards?

Here’s hoping the Senate won’t weasel out of a bill that makes lawmakers subject to the open records law. Lansing must also keep the rigorous M-STEP test, Michigan’s best bet for accurately gauging our students’ success.




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Business Bridge

Gilbert brownfield bill raises questions about lost state revenue

Though advocates of a plan to capture Michigan sales and income taxes to offset the costs of large development projects contend the state wouldn’t award a project that didn’t yield more revenue than it gives away, criticism remains that bill is a giveaway to developers.




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Guest commentary

Wells Fargo shenanigans robbed consumers, but there’s a better way

Tired of being nickel-and-dimed – and defrauded – by a big, corporate bank? There’s an alternative.




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Michigan Truth Squad

Walberg fouls with attack on Driskell over his trade record

In calling his opponent a liar, the incumbent fails to take ownership of his voting record on trade deals




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Michigan Truth Squad

No foul on Driskell for attacking Walberg’s trade votes

Whether free-trade agreements have cost Michigan jobs is a matter of debate, but Walberg’s record of supporting them is accurately represented.




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Talent & education

School choice producing segregation in districts across the state

More than 300,000 public school students take advantage of the state’s popular school choice program. Whether by chance or design, districts are becoming less diverse.




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Talent & education

Top 10 Michigan school districts impacted by school choice

The state’s school choice policies are making many districts far more segregated. Here are the districts most impacted by school choice.




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Guest commentary

Pass Flint authority to ensure water funds used effectively

State Sen. Jim Ananich, D-Flint, argues for more urgency on the part of government in helping Flint residents gain the benefits of relief efforts




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The Center for Michigan

Join us for Community Conversation and Truth Squad Live event on public trust in state government

Join Bridge and the Center for Michigan on Tuesday, September 27 from 6-8 pm to discuss public trust in state government




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