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Guest commentary

Isn’t unemployment enough of a burden without a kick from a robo-enforcer?

This lame-duck session, Michigan lawmakers need to end the victimization of the unemployed, via an out-of-control computer system.




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Guest commentary

School choice and quality don’t always go together

It’s essential for our communities to have quality education available for their children. But choice isn’t the way to get there.




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Talent & education

In state with low reading scores, a West Michigan effort shows promise

Many of today’s kindergarteners may eventually have to repeat third grade if their reading skills fall short. In West Michigan, 100 school districts have joined forces to boost early reading. The goal: to pass every student to fourth grade.




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Guest commentary

Vulnerable kids can’t improve reading if their parents can’t help

A new law that will hold back students who can’t read by third grade is intended to boost early reading skills so that retention is not necessary. For this to work, state must take steps to help low-education parents help their children at home.




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Public sector

State sheds little light on troubled prison transport firm

Michigan uses a for-profit company that’s been accused in the death, injury and abuse of prisoners, while other prisoners have escaped. State prison officials don’t want to talk about it.




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Public sector

Steps Michigan can take to make prisoner transportation more secure

To reduce injuries, deaths, escapes and lawsuits involving for-profit prison transport companies, state prison officials could consider these recommendations.




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Talent & education

Betsy DeVos and the segregation of school choice

Donald Trump’s selection of school-choice advocate Betsy DeVos for U.S. education secretary has focused attention on Michigan’s generous choice policy. In September, Bridge Magazine revealed one troubling side-effect: segregation.




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Phil's column

In an era of fake news and layoffs at the dailies, you can count on Bridge

Your tax-deductible investment in nonprofit journalism will help Bridge expand our data-driven policy analysis, political watchdog work and the best education coverage in the state.




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Business Bridge

Business groups split on state Senate energy bills

Some large industrial companies and school districts saying the current legislation would force less expensive alternative electric suppliers out of business.




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Quality of life

In possible swansong, Cabela’s celebrates northern Michigan

Nine starstruck Michiganders were delighted to share covered bridges, barn doors and their own dashing good looks to promote this year’s holiday catalog for the iconic retailer, which recently announced its sale to a rival.




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Quality of life

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How Cabela’s captured its Michigan fantasy photos

The cult-like hunting and outdoors retailer chose idyllic settings across wintry Michigan for this year’s Christmas catalog. Here’s the story behind each one.




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