College athlete pay bills clear Michigan House panel

BY: - January 24, 2020

Collegiate athletes in Michigan could be compensated for the use of their name, image and likeness under new legislation that passed out of a state House panel on Thursday.  The NCAA announced in October it would set new rules allowing athletes to be compensated by January 2021, but two House bills would move that date […]

Students concerned about U of M transparency in provost sexual misconduct investigation 

BY: - January 23, 2020

University of Michigan Provost Martin Philbert, executive vice president of academic affairs, was placed on administrative leave Wednesday following several allegations of sexual misconduct. But there is some skepticism from students about how the university has handled similar investigations in the past. U of M President Mark Schlissel wrote to students and staff in an […]

U of M provost under investigation for sexual misconduct allegations

BY: - January 22, 2020

Martin A. Philbert, the University of Michigan Provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, is on administrative leave as of Tuesday following allegations of sexual misconduct against him. U of M staff and students received an email Wednesday from university President Mark Schlissel that said “the university received several allegations of sexual misconduct” on […]


Column: Black Americans mostly left behind by progress since Dr. King’s death

BY: - January 20, 2020

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., while assisting striking sanitation workers. Back then, over a half century ago, the wholesale racial integration required by the 1964 Civil Rights Act was just beginning to chip away at discrimination in education, jobs and public facilities. Black voters had only […]

Should private schools get public funds? The Supreme Court will take up a key case in March.

BY: - January 19, 2020

The Michigan Supreme Court will consider on March 4 and 5 whether the state Legislature can spend public money on private schools.   “That means the court will need to make a decision by the end of the term [end of July], if not sooner,” spokesman John Nevin said this week.  The Council of Organizations v. […]

All 7 Michigan Dems vote to torpedo DeVos student loan rule

BY: - January 16, 2020

Updated, 8:31 p.m., 1/16/19 WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a resolution Thursday that would overturn a Trump administration rule that critics say guts protections for defrauded student loan borrowers. The resolution expresses congressional disapproval of the so-called borrower defense rule, which was revised by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a West Michigan native.  “We […]

State education board votes to support undocumented immigrant driver licenses

BY: - January 16, 2020

The Michigan Board of Education voted 6-1 Tuesday on a resolution favoring a four-bill package that would allow undocumented immigrants clearer access to driver licenses.  The bills — packaged together under the name “Drive SAFE” — would allow undocumented immigrants, workers and seniors to obtain Michigan state IDs or driver licenses for work and school-related […]

Former state Rep. Tim Kelly announces congressional campaign to unseat Kildee

BY: - January 13, 2020

Updated, 1:43 p.m., 1/13/19, with comments from Lavora Barnes Tim Kelly, a former Republican state lawmaker, announced he is challenging U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) to represent Michigan’s 5th Congressional District.  Kelly, who served six years in the state Legislature and was chair of the House Education Committee, lost his nomination to fill a federal […]

U.S. House to vote on upending DeVos student loan forgiveness policy

BY: and - January 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House is expected to vote next week on a resolution that would overturn a federal rule that critics say guts protections for defrauded student loan borrowers. The resolution — led by Nevada Democratic U.S. Rep. Susie Lee — expresses congressional disapproval of the so-called borrower defense rule, which was revised by […]

Michigan has an extra $321M in 2020, is almost $12B below Headlee tax limit

BY: - January 10, 2020

Michigan’s fiscal picture is looking modestly brighter for the next two fiscal years, experts agreed at a biannual meeting Friday at the state Capitol. State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks told reporters that revenues are “looking pretty flat” but the “economy continues to grow.” That’s still welcome news after a contentious budget fight that dominated most of […]

‘Real rush’ of Trump rules expected in case he loses in 2020

BY: - January 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — The President Trump administration is preparing to finalize a host of high-profile rules in 2020, including policies that will impact everything from auto emissions to food stamp access. With the November presidential election approaching, the administration is widely expected to make a push to wrap up pending regulations early in 2020 in an […]

The Advance’s best stories of 2019 you may have missed

BY: - December 30, 2019

Quotable of the Year: “One of the great drawbacks of being in Congress is that I must receive insulting letters from weak-minded jackasses like yourself. Will you please take two running jumps and go to hell.” — Former U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn) in a 1957 letter  Susan J. Demas graphic In the last days […]