Allison R. Donahue

Allison R. Donahue

Allison R. Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.

Election security concerns Michiganders before March primary

By: - February 13, 2020

Early voting began on Jan. 25 in Michigan. A recent survey shows 40% of Michiganders want election security to be the state’s main focus going into the March 10 primary.  According to the poll, which was conducted by Washington, D.C.-based analytics firm Lincoln Park Strategies on behalf of the State Innovation Exchange (SiX), Michigan residents […]

GVSU rolls out program to assist in Whitmer’s post-high school initiative

By: - February 12, 2020

In response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s plan for 60% of Michigan residents to obtain a post-secondary certificate or degree by the year 2030, Grand Valley State University announced a new program to help make that happen. GVSU President Philomena Mantella introduced on Wednesday the 19-month accelerated program to assist adults in completing their bachelor’s degrees. […]

Bills you may have missed: Clamping down on millage renewals, banning fossil fuels 

By: - February 11, 2020

During an eventful start to the year, state lawmakers are busy introducing bills they hope to see passed in 2020.  Here is this week’s Michigan Advance roundup of recently introduced legislation you may have missed. Millage renewal restrictions State Rep. Pamela Hornberger (R-Chesterfield Twp.) introduced a bill in January that would limit the time frame […]

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Test scores, learning rates tell different student achievement stories in Michigan’s poorest schools

By: - February 10, 2020

A recent study shows a concept that we have seen for a long time — children’s scores are much higher in richer districts in Michigan. But the study also shows that test scores don’t paint the whole picture for student achievement when comparing poorer and more affluent schools.  The Educational Opportunity Project, a study done […]

From diapers to doctorates: How Whitmer’s budget expands support for all stages of education

By: - February 7, 2020

Improving the quality and affordability of education in Michigan has been a top priority for Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who’s rolled out a budget proposal to that end. The governor’s Fiscal Year 2021 plan released Thursday offers $15.9 billion investment for the School Aid budget — a 4.9% increase from last year.  Michigan hasn’t seen […]

Whitmer fights to close funding gap between school districts in budget

By: - February 6, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2021 boasts the greatest investment in schools the state has seen in the last two decades, offering $15.9 billion for the School Aid budget — a 4.9% increase from last year.  As she did for the FY 2020 budget, Whitmer is pushing hard for a weighted school […]

LaFave carries firearm into Capitol, gun is stolen days later

By: - February 5, 2020

Just days after state Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain) toted an AR-style gun in the Capitol on the night of the Jan. 29 State of the State speech, his Lansing home was broken into and two firearms were stolen, according to the Detroit News. LaFave, who is a vocal Second Amendment advocate who spoke at […]

House Dems introduce package to hold polluters accountable  

By: - February 4, 2020

House Democrats introduced legislation Monday that would hold companies accountable for polluting the air, land and water in Michigan by increasing financial and criminal penalties. The eight-bill package would fine companies that violate the Natural Resources and Environmental Protections Act (NREPA) based on revenue, rather than a fixed amount, eliminate the statute of limitations to […]

Here’s what you can expect in Whitmer’s State of the Union response

By: - February 4, 2020

As Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gears up to give the official Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, she is focusing on the “dinner-table issues.” Whitmer, who will be giving her response from East Lansing High School, where her daughters attend, will be covering topics that Michiganders are familiar with […]

Nessel sues Trump admin for rolling back chemical spill safety measures

By: - February 3, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel is suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for gutting safeguards to prevent and limit injuries and deaths from dangerous chemical accidents. Nessel joined a coalition of 15 attorneys general and the city of Philadelphia on Wednesday to challenge the Trump EPA’s rollback of former President Obama-era amendments to its Risk Management […]

Trump expands immigration ban to 6 more countries, targets Muslims

By: - February 3, 2020

The President Trump administration announced an expansion of the Muslim ban on Friday, limiting legal immigration from six more countries, many of which are African or Muslim-majority nations. The six countries included in the latest rollout of immigration bans are Nigeria, Eritrea, Tanzania, Sudan, Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar. “The impeached president continues to show everyone his […]

Nessel fights Trump’s sped-up deportation rule

By: - February 1, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined an amicus brief opposing the President Trump administration’s attempts to immediately expand the use of expedited removal for immigrants, calling the effort “legally flawed.” Expedited removal is a fast-tracked deportation process that often prohibits access to legal representation, witnesses or an opportunity to present evidence and defenses against […]