State has huge $9.2B surplus to help navigate a likely economic downturn

BY: - January 13, 2023

Michigan’s fiscal experts came together Friday for the year’s first Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference (CREC), where top officials from the Treasury Department and the nonpartisan House and Senate fiscal agencies presented revised economic and revenue forecasts for Michigan. The top takeaways: Michigan continues to recover well financially from the COVID-19 pandemic, but a mild recession […]

Harris joins Granholm, Dingell, Stabenow to champion climate change solutions in Ann Arbor

BY: - January 12, 2023

“Our responsibility now … is to continue with this moment and lead, not wasting a minute, because we don’t have a minute to spare,” Vice President Kamala Harris told a large audience Thursday in University of Michigan’s Rackham Auditorium. Harris flew out to Ann Arbor to keynote the politician-studded event on climate change and social […]

New federal student loan repayment plan aimed at low-income borrowers

BY: - January 11, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education unveiled a proposal Tuesday that would overhaul a federal student loan income-driven repayment plan, and, if implemented, could help millions of low-income borrowers. However, it’s unclear how the agency would be able to finance the program. Many student debt relief advocates also criticized the proposal for leaving out […]

On this day in 2011: Detroit community leader Bernadine Newsom Denning dies

BY: - January 11, 2023

On Jan. 11, 2011, Bernadine Newsom Denning, longtime Detroit resident and community leader, died at age 80. She was living in Port St. Lucie, Fla., at the time of her death.  Over the course of five decades, Denning earned a distinguished record as an educator, civil rights leader, and advocate for women.  In 1951, she […]

Report: Michigan stuck in bottom 10 states for 4th grade reading test scores

BY: - January 11, 2023

A new report shows Michigan ranks seventh-worst in the nation for fourth grade reading scores as education leaders grapple with what to do with the state’s Read by Grade 3 law. The 2023 State of Michigan Education report, released by the Education Trust-Midwest, projected that Michigan will remain “stagnant at that level by 2030” unless […]

Conservative group withdraws DeVos-backed voucher initiative after Democrats control Lansing 

BY: - January 9, 2023

The state announced Monday that the right-wing group pushing for a school voucher-style system in Michigan withdrew its petitions to get on the 2024 ballot. On Dec. 28, 2022, the Let MI Kids Learn campaign withdrew both of its petitions from the Board of State Canvassers; one to create the Student Opportunity Scholarship Program to […]

Whitmer appoints Sandy Pierce to fill seat on troubled MSU Board of Trustees

BY: - January 3, 2023

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointed Sandy Pierce to the Michigan State University Board of Trustees last month after a tumultuous few years of controversies among the university’s board and top leaders.  Whitmer said she chose Pierce to succeed Republican Pat O’Keefe, who resigned in November, because Pierce “leads with her values and has decades of experience […]

College students push to ease voting access after midterm barriers

BY: - January 1, 2023

By Matt Vasilogambros for Stateline Young voters made their voices heard during the Nov. 8 midterm election, turning out in relatively high numbers in an election that produced the first congressperson from Generation Z. But university students and voting rights advocates say voters on college campuses faced far too many difficulties trying to cast their […]

Whitmer signs 1000th bipartisan bill amid flurry of legislation 

BY: - December 23, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed more than 20 separate bills on Thursday, including House Bills 6129 and 6130, which put her over the top for signing 1,000 pieces of bipartisan legislation. The bills seek to help more adult learners earn a college degree or skills certificate by amending the bipartisan Michigan Reconnect Act to incentivize colleges […]


Column: Libraries serve communities, not aggrieved parents

BY: - December 21, 2022

Libraries hold a conflicted place our collective imagination. To many of us — to me personally — they’re magical. We were first exposed to worlds of imagination and ideas on the shelves of our local libraries. To others, these buildings serve as indispensable community gathering spots, places to learn and meet and share. But to a […]


David Hecker: We need to work together to protect the health of kids and workers this winter

BY: - December 20, 2022

Cold and flu season is here — and this year, respiratory viruses are running rampant among children in Michigan and across the country. With COVID still a factor and RSV and influenza on the rise, we’re seeing alarming rates of these illnesses in our kids, resulting in overcrowded hospitals and difficulty getting treatment. Naturally, schools […]

Educators, experts say retention, exemptions in 3rd grade reading law are ‘inequitable’

BY: - December 19, 2022

Dan Applegate, superintendent of Niles Community Schools in Berrien County, said his district had 10 third-grade students out of nearly 300 who tested below the state’s cutoff point for reading proficiency last school year. Under Michigan’s Read by Grade 3 law, the 10 students were eligible to be held back for another school year. But […]