Author

Laura Millard Ross

Laura Millard Ross

Laura Millard Ross is communications director with the Michigan League for Public Policy. She has taught English and journalism in the Lansing area since 2005 and prior to that worked in community development as director of the Old Town Commercial Association.

COMMENTARY

Column: Women are society’s invisible infrastructure, but they’re often underpaid and undervalued

By: - March 25, 2021

Infrastructure is important for everyone. We need a strong public system for roads and transportation, for drinking water, for energy. And when that system is neglected, we all bear the burden as a society. The nation’s caregiving infrastructure is heavily reliant on women — and not just because women often play the role of “mother.” […]

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Column: Whitmer’s new poverty task force gets it right 

By: - February 14, 2020

As a teacher, I heard a lot of axioms over the years that resonated with me: Students don’t care what you know until they know that you care; The very best teachers never stop learning; The best teachers teach from the heart, not the book. One lesson from a mentor teacher was particularly simple … […]

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Column: We need to focus on kids’ strengths in school and beyond

By: - August 30, 2019

Seeing all those back-to-school posts on Facebook is making me more than a little misty this year.  As a mom, I know my days of having a “little kid” are dwindling. And as a former teacher, I feel a rush of emotions. Guilt about not being there for my students. Sadness about missing out on […]