The Educational Achievement Authority is an experiment that has failed. Legislators are considering a bill to expand it from its current 15-school version in Detroit to a statewide district that takes over the "bottom 5 percent" of schools. This system must be abolished completely, certainly not expanded statewide.
We have reached a new low point in American politics when Republicans are denouncing Jan Brewer as a "big government" liberal.
Have you ever stumbled upon an abandoned building and experienced a sense of wonder? What was this? Who built it? Do the people who used to live, work or go to school here care that it's now a crumbling shell? Here's a collection of places that have been abandoned.
Former Republican State Rep. Dave Agema has been getting a lot of press for his anti-gay comments. The good news is that even though the national party recently reaffirmed Agema's stance, many members of the GOP have nothing but criticism for it.
O'Brien's has had its hands in the botched clean-up efforts of almost every high-profile oil spill disaster in recent U.S. history, including the Exxon Valdez spill, the BP Deepwater Horizon spill, the Enbridge tar sands pipeline spill into the Kalamazoo River, and Hurricane Sandy.
This year, in an unprecedented shift away from transparency, the General Government budget legislation allots two bulk sums of money, totaling nearly $240 million, to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. I believe this is bad governance.
There's no more thrilling way to discover lighthouses than to climb their towers, step-by-step, on the same staircases used by lighthouse keepers and their families a hundred years ago.
These six lesser-known national treasures can be blissfully uncrowded while still delivering outstanding natural landscapes and wildlife viewing.
At a time when this country needs to pull together, when the world is embroiled in difficult financial and life-changing struggles there are states that are trying to rip our democracy apart.
Welcome to the 2013 Final Four Harkboard (TM)! What is a Harkboard? It is an interactive infographic with embedded sound bites. There are hidden sound...
Effectively, what we are seeing in Detroit are two different disciplines -- abstract finance on one hand and urban planning and design on the other -- telling two very different stories about the same city.
Over the past few decades, Grand Rapids has seen an exciting boom of sorts. While the magnitude of a Detroit turnaround will require much more, I believe the Motor City can learn a thing or two from our neighbor city in West Michigan as it continues to capitalize on recent successes.
Michigan is poised to be a leader in the clean energy economy and Michiganders deserve a U.S. senator who represents those values.
Increasingly, liberal arts colleges are connecting students' learning to the work environment in appropriate and meaningful ways.
Imagine a sleep-away camp where you dance, morning, noon and night. Where you stage performances and learn from the masters. This is a world created by author, Lynn Swanson. Here are some excerpts from a recent Q&A with the author.
This mayor's assumption about any person starting up a compassionate care center is that they are fronting for the illegal behavior they really want to engage in. Pretty pessimistic, Mr. Mayor. And completely absurd as well.