AG’s office: Why we canceled Engler interview

BY: - March 22, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel said on Friday that she had never encountered a situation in which an attorney was asked to recuse herself because someone essentially said, “I don’t like you.” Nessel and Assistant Attorney General Christina Grossi were elaborating at a joint roundtable with reporters on their decision to cancel a planned interview with […]

Emboldened House Dems to question DeVos on Trump education cuts

BY: - March 21, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is slated to testify in the U.S. House next week for the first time since Democrats took control of the chamber earlier this year. DeVos — a West Michigan billionaire and one of the most polarizing President Donald Trump administration officials — is scheduled to testify Tuesday before […]


Column: We need more teachers of color, so why do we use tests that keep them out of the classroom?

BY: - March 21, 2019

Students of color seldom see teachers who look like them. This is because many aspiring teachers of color are pushed out of the profession before they have a chance to start. It’s not poor performance in college courses or teaching internships that take the biggest toll. It is the standardized tests aspiring teachers must pass […]

John Engler

AG office ‘certainly hopes’ subpoenaing Engler won’t be necessary

BY: - March 20, 2019

A dispute over former Gov. John Engler’s scheduled interview with Attorney General Dana Nessel’s investigators regarding his role overseeing the Dr. Larry Nassar scandal turned public — and nasty — this week, as Engler’s lawyer accused her investigation of bias. Engler had served as interim president at his alma mater, Michigan State University, until he […]

Teacher survey: Dreading 3rd grade reading law, tired of being called ‘loser socialists’

BY: - March 20, 2019

A new survey shows Michigan’s educators have major concerns with their profession, including a vast majority who believe their schools aren’t prepared for a new third grade reading law. The advocacy coalition Launch Michigan surveyed more than 15,000 teachers and administrators last month on topics including classroom size, funding allocation and professional development. The group […]

Rep. Justin Amash

Amash shuns presidential talk at town hall, says he irks both Dems, GOP

BY: - March 19, 2019

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Cascade Twp.) on Monday evening sought to spell out his libertarian beliefs to constituents and show why those views so often put him at odds with colleagues on both sides of the aisle.   During an almost two-hour town hall meeting held in a Grand Rapids high school auditorium, Amash fielded […]

Whitmer, El-Sayed to both address 2019 University of Michigan grads

BY: - March 16, 2019

Now-Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Abdul El-Sayed faced off in last year’s Democratic gubernatorial primary, and now they’ll both be giving University of Michigan commencement speeches this spring. As is tradition for sitting governors in their first year, Whitmer will deliver the main U of M address at Michigan Stadium on May 4. Whitmer, who earned […]

Nessel moves to shield lottery revenue for schools

BY: - March 12, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel is leading an effort with an amicus brief opposing a U.S. Department of Justice’s opinion that involves all types of bets and wagers in the federal Wire Act’s prohibitions. Nessel said that more than $900 million in annual funding for Michigan schools is at stake. She opposes the Department of Justice’s […]

From preschool to Flint: Michigan budget details you might have missed

BY: - March 6, 2019

A $60.2 billion budget has a lot of nooks and crannies. The Advance has covered Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s overall fiscal year 2020 budget, roads plan, education spending increase, environmental funding, local government spending, GOP criticism, business group’s split reactions and more. But not everything gets initial headlines, like a 35 percent increase to Michigan’s state-funded preschool […]

Whitmer’s budget pitch to reluctant Republicans: Pay now or pay more later

BY: - March 6, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had a simple message on Tuesday for legislators who questioned the need to raise taxes to improve schools and roads: Pay now or pay more later. “Contrary to political rhetoric that should be behind us, I can tell you this: No one likes to raise taxes,” Whitmer told House and Senate Appropriations […]

Whitmer’s $60B budget axes pension tax, adds new business tax

BY: - March 5, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s inaugural budget comes with a combination of major increases for roads and schools while aiming to offset tax hikes with targeted cuts. The $60.2 billion proposal for fiscal year 2020 is a 3.2 percent increase from the 2019 budget. Whitmer aims to raise $2.5 billion for roads via a 45-cent gas tax […]

Metro Detroit leaders say Whitmer’s education budget makes the grade

BY: - March 5, 2019

Updated at 12:40 p.m. with comments from the Detroit Federation of Teachers. Southeast Michigan leaders praised Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on the $15.4 billion School Aid Fund portion of her budget presentation, which she formally presented on Tuesday.   The School Aid Fund is used to support K-12 public schools. Whitmer’s fiscal year 2020 budget will […]