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New Law Links Student Progress To Teacher Tenure

Posted 09.19.2011 | Education

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a teacher tenure reform bill into law Tuesday, overhauling teacher performance evaluations by tying it to student ach...

Standing Up for Economic Rights Is a Human Right

Randi Weingarten | Posted 09.18.2011 | Business
Randi Weingarten

As Arab citizens take to the streets in their respective countries, several extremist governors and advocates are stripping American workers of their economic rights and voice by working to eliminate or weaken collective bargaining and voter protections.

U.S. Legal Immigration Slowed Dramatically During Recession: OECD

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 09.13.2011 | Business

Legal immigration to the U.S. has slowed considerably since the Great Recession began, according to a newly released report by the Paris-based Organiz...

Joy Resmovits

Weighing Detroit's Charter Schools | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.07.2011 | Education

The majority of the Motor City's charter high schools underperform the city's traditional public schools, according to an analysis published Thursday ...

Michigan's Governor Tramples Democracy

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics
Rev. Jesse Jackson

Perhaps Gov. Snyder has forgotten the words of the Pledge of Allegiance. We pledge our allegiance not to the corporate state, not to one party or one ideology, but to the republic, one nation, under God with liberty and justice for all.

States That Cut The Most Funding Lost The Most Jobs: Analysis

Posted 08.27.2011 | Business

Republican governors have touted spending cuts as both fiscally responsible, and economically prudent. But a new analysis casts doubt on that narrativ...

Joy Resmovits

New Detroit Public Schools Budget Cuts Teacher Pay, Non-Teaching Services | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.23.2011 | Education

This story has been updated. Detroit Public Schools officials released the district's proposed 2012 budget Thursday, a plan rife with cuts and chan...

Joy Resmovits

Lawsuit, Appointments Follow Detroit Education Plan Announcement | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.22.2011 | Education

Nearly 30 Michigan residents filed a lawsuit Wednesday that seeks to overturn a law that gave state-appointed "emergency managers" near carte blanche ...

Joy Resmovits

Detroit Education Reform: Few Details Emerge On Michigan College Promise | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.21.2011 | Education

When Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) presented sweeping reforms to Detroit's -- and, eventually, Michigan's -- schools on Monday, he accompanied the new...

Joy Resmovits

Detroit Public Schools To Come Under New State-Run Authority | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.20.2011 | Education

A plan revealed Monday to overhaul Detroit's public schools left stakeholders with more questions than answers about the future of education in the M...

Small Town America Pushes Back Against Cuts To Local Services

The Wall Street Journal | Kate Linebaugh | Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics

Around the country public officials are asking themselves similar questions. Plunging property-tax receipts and rising pension and health-care costs h...

GOP Governor Gets His Way Without Hazing

AP | KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN | Posted 07.29.2011 | Politics

LANSING, Mich. — David Hecker wasn't sure what to expect when he showed up at the Capitol earlier this year for a meeting with Rick Snyder, the ...

William Alden

Finance Professionals See Business Opportunity In Strapped Michigan Cities | William Alden | Posted 07.12.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- As Michigan cities grapple with budget deficits and spending cuts, their troubles amount to an attractive opportunity for financia...

Colbert: 'Don't Get Me Wrong, Democracy Works Sometimes'

Posted 07.10.2011 | Comedy

Thanks to a hefty amount of attention paid to it by MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, the plight of government officials in Benton Harbor, Michigan (the poorest ...

Former GM Exec Appointed New Detroit Schools Financial Manager

AP | COREY WILLIAMS | Posted 07.05.2011 | Education

DETROIT — Michigan's governor has appointed a former General Motors Corp. executive as the new emergency manager for Detroit Public Schools. Ro...

Jordan Zakarin

Rick Snyder's Education Cuts Spark Protests At University Of Michigan Commencement | Jordan Zakarin | Posted 06.30.2011 | Politics

A day meant to celebrate higher learning was injected with the politics of K-12 public education on Saturday, as a mass of protesters rallied outside ...

Effort To Recall Michigan's Republican Governor Clears First Hurdle

Reuters | Posted 06.29.2011 | Politics

April 29, 2011 8:25:37 PM DETROIT, April 29 (Reuters) - A group seeking to force new Michigan Governor Rick Snyder into a recall election clear...

Dave Jamieson

Budget-Strapped Towns Seek To Merge Police And Fire Departments, Sparking Labor Fights | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.27.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- David Micallef never thought he’d be involved in a labor dispute at age 25, much less assuming a lead role in one. But as president of...

Struggling Michigan Training 'Financial Swat' Teams

Bloomberg | Jeff Green and Jonathan Keehner | Posted 06.18.2011 | Business

Michigan is giving hundreds of financial professionals and public employees a crash course in advising troubled municipalities, building an army of em...

The Taxing Issue Of Shared Responsibility

Randi Weingarten | Posted 06.17.2011 | Education
Randi Weingarten

It's just plain wrong to give more tax breaks to the people who pay the least, while students and everyone else trying to live the American dream see their schools and services cut dramatically.

Michigan's New Motto: Blame It on the Teachers

Susan J. Demas | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics
Susan J. Demas

Republicans are forever telling us that they're paid too much. Unless you are saving lives on the operating table or vaccinating children in Africa, it takes a certain kind of chutzpah to berate teachers.

Conservative Attacks Are a Losing Strategy, but Progressives Must Do More to Win

Amy B. Dean | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

The fact that conservatives are currently pursuing a losing electoral strategy is not enough for progressives to win in the long run. The labor movement must seize the current moment as an opportunity to put forward a winning program.

Potential State Takeover Looms Over Detroit

Posted 06.12.2011 | Business

Detroit must cut $200 million in spending or face a takeover by the state of Michigan, Mayor Dave Bing said on Tuesday. With the city's populat...

GOP Overreach: The Mess That Greed and Ignorance Made

David A. Love | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

Republican overreach is in the air. You can see it, smell it, taste it everywhere, as you have in years past. And the only surprise is that is that it happened so quickly this time around.

Arthur Delaney

Michigan Becomes First State To Curtail Jobless Aid | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Gov. Rick Snyder signed controversial legislation on Monday, making Michigan the first state in the country to reduce unemployment insur...