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Memo: College football players are employees

By   /  October 13, 2016  /  Education, Federal Government, Labor, Michigan, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Northwestern University

When the Northwestern University football team visits Michigan State this Saturday, the Wildcats will step onto the field not as student-athletes, but as employees. At least that’s how they’re seen by the National Labor Relations Board.

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Direct primary care offers a market solution to doctor shortages

By   /  October 7, 2016  /  California, Federal Government, Health Care, Michigan, News, Regulations, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments


A few weeks ago, patients of Dr. Chad Savage received an alarming email. The Brighton, Michigan, primary care physician told them that because of skyrocketing medical costs such as “expensive medications, crushing doctor bills and double digit insurance premium increases,” he would have to raise his own office rates. By…. $0. “Yup! That’s right. Nothing! Zero, […]

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Third-grade reading made a priority in Michigan

By   /  October 7, 2016  /  Education Blog, Michigan  /  No Comments

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Thursday that requires third-grade students to achieve grade-level literacy before moving on to fourth grade. “By helping students read proficiently by the third grade, we can make sure that our children have the necessary skills to do well in school and be successful for the rest of their lives,” Snyder […]

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Welfare money used for tuition in Michigan

By   /  October 5, 2016  /  Education Blog, Federal Government, Michigan, State Government  /  No Comments

ON THE RISE: Some of the largest tuition increases in recent years at Kansas public universities have also occurred during periods of increased state funding.

Students at expensive, private colleges in Michigan are reportedly getting tuition help from government, using money that was designated for the poor. The federal funds from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program were redirected in Michigan in 2007 through a creative shell game intended to alleviate a state budget deficit. As Bridge Magazine explains, […]

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Michiganders seeks a constitutional right to literacy

By   /  October 3, 2016  /  Education Blog, Michigan  /  No Comments

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A group in Michigan is seeking a constitutional right to literacy, while other advocates want a state constitutional amendment to establish education as a fundamental right. “That is a conversation that many people want to have,” said David Arsen, a professor of education policy at Michigan State University. “Parents all across the state want to have that conversation. […]

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Michigan AG: Weak Detroit schools can be closed

By   /  September 29, 2016  /  Education Blog, Michigan  /  No Comments

WILL SMALLER BE BETTER? Fewer students means fewer teachers. How school districts decide to make the cut will determine the quality of education in the years ahead.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says underperforming Detroit schools may be closed this year. “The law is clear: Michigan parents and their children do not have to be stuck indefinitely in a failing school,” Schuette said in a statement on Wednesday. “Detroit students and parents deserve accountability and high performing schools. If a child can’t spell opportunity, they […]

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