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.

How Michigan 2018 candidates experienced Islamophobia through social media

By: - November 13, 2019

Michigan made history during the 2018 midterms with a record number of Muslim Americans running for local, statewide and federal offices. But a new report shows that these candidates faced a hostile political climate online fueled by President Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric.  The report, titled “#Islamophobia, Stoking Fear and Prejudice in the 2018 Midterms,” reveals how […]

How positive language could improve public policy for struggling communities

By: - November 13, 2019

Could focusing on a person’s or community’s attributions and aspirations instead of their struggles reverse systemic inequity? Some leaders in policy, media, the nonprofit sector and academia think so.  Trabian Shorters, CEO of BMe Community, spoke to a crowd of more than 300 people at a Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) conference in Lansing […]

A new Michigan education model shows promising signs for students in struggling schools. But can it work long-term?

By: - November 12, 2019

After two years of a new state approach to struggling schools, a recent study shows it has improved student achievement, giving educators and experts hope. But those schools still face challenges with student outcomes and recruiting highly qualified teachers. The Michigan Partnership Model was designed in 2017 to improve the state’s lowest-performing schools, which serve […]

MSU students demand support for immigrants, sanctuary school status

By: - November 11, 2019

Some Michigan State University students are demanding the administration declares it a sanctuary school and provide more support and resources for undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students.  On Friday, students rallied outside the university’s Hannah Administration building to bring awareness to immigration issues. The rally, hosted by student organization DreaMSU, was timed […]

Whitmer recognizes Michigan veterans at Capitol 

By: - November 7, 2019

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) hosted a number of student veterans, women veterans and Vietnam veterans during a recognition ceremony at the Capitol on Thursday.   As Veterans Day approaches next week, Whitmer recognized the growing diversity among the state’s almost 600,000 veterans. “Michigan veterans represent all ages, genders, races, eras of conflict and branches […]

Senate GOP leader Shirkey backs away from budget deal as hunting break looms

By: and - November 7, 2019

Thursday made for another day of budget shenanigans, with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer optimistically saying earlier that morning that she and GOP leaders were “very close to being done” with a deal on supplemental spending.  By around noon, however, the state Senate had adjourned with Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) maintaining that the only way forward […]

A measles vaccination

Michigan pushes vaccination campaign to stop flu spread 

By: - November 6, 2019

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reminds families to get vaccinated during the flu season through a partnership with the I Vaccinate campaign. The I Vaccinate campaign, which began in 2017 under the former Gov. Rick Snyder administration, is a joint public-private effort of the DHHS and the Franny Strong Foundation, a […]

Levin calls Duke-UNC investigation over Islamic curriculum a ‘threat to academic freedom’

By: - November 4, 2019

U.S. Rep. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.) sent a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos outlining concerns and requesting documentation regarding the department’s investigation into the Duke-University of North Carolina (UNC) Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies curriculum. In August, the Department of Education (DOE) wrote a letter to the […]

DHHS director defends making public benefits easier to access, Republicans concerned about fraud

By: - November 1, 2019

A new Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) policy change is set to go into effect Friday that will ease requirements for public assistance, but some senators believe the change could increase fraudulent claims. DHHS Director Robert Gordon met with members of both the state Senate Health Policy and Human Services and the Community […]

National education test results show small improvement statewide, in Detroit

By: - October 30, 2019

According to national test results released today, Michigan has secured its spot in the middle of the pack compared to other states, but a majority of students are still below proficiency and the national average in math and reading.  The 2019 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), commonly referred to as “the nation’s report card,” […]

Gov. backs Reproductive Health Act to repeal anti-abortion laws

By: - October 29, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday announced a legislative package to repeal current restrictive reproductive health statutes and add more protections for women’s health.  “When it comes to making decisions on reproductive health care in Michigan, a woman’s decision should be based on medical facts, not political rhetoric or ideology,” Whitmer said at a morning press […]

Whitmer signs bipartisan bill protecting mental health counselors, patients

By: - October 29, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law on Tuesday a bipartisan bill that will update the scope of practice for Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) in Michigan and allow them to continue diagnosing and treating patients.  “This new law will ensure that more than 150,000 Michiganders can still access critical mental health care,” said Whitmer. “And it […]