One data center tax break bill clears committee, others stall

BY: - October 31, 2019

Legislation aimed at growing Michigan’s data center industry via various tax exemptions continues to create consternation among school advocacy groups and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.  The state House Commerce and Tourism Committee on Thursday advanced Senate Bill 455, legislation that would further exempt Switch, a data center company with a facility in […]

U.S. House Dems advance sweeping effort to lower higher education costs

BY: - October 31, 2019

WASHINGTON — A U.S. House committee passed legislation on Thursday that supporters hailed as a “down payment” on a long-sought liberal goal: free college education for all. The sweeping measure from U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, aims to help more Americans of all backgrounds obtain high-quality college […]

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,” […]

U of M to expand Detroit footprint with research and education center

BY: - October 30, 2019

Plans for the new $300 million Detroit Center for Innovation (DCI) were unveiled Wednesday morning. Several elected officials were on hand downtown, along with billionaire philanthropist Stephen Ross; Matt Cullen, Bedrock CEO; and University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel. DCI would be a 190,000 square-foot research and education center sitting on 14 acres and operated […]

Former MSU president headed to trial, university trustee resigns over transparency concerns

BY: - October 28, 2019

The Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal continues to roil Michigan State University. Former MSU President Lou Anna Simon was ordered Monday to stand trial and Board of Trustees Member Nancy Schlichting resigned over the “lack of transparency” among the panel. Eaton County District Court Judge Julie Reinke ordered that Simon will head to trial for […]

DeVos held in contempt of court, but taxpayers will pay $100K fine

BY: - October 26, 2019

A federal judge this week took the rare step of holding U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in contempt of court over her department’s handling of student debt. The department admitted it still collected on loans for 16,000 students of for-profit Corinthian College, which has been shuttered, despite being ordered not to in May 2018, Politico […]

Michigan joins multi-state compact on outdoor recreation

BY: - October 25, 2019

Michigan has joined 12 other states in a commitment to public health conservation, stewardship and education.  Officials at the Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit signed the commitment on behalf of their state governors on Thursday, according to a joint statement from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the National Governors Association. The agreement contains […]

Lawmakers push tax breaks for data centers, critics worry about school funds

BY: - October 24, 2019

A number of bipartisan bills are making their way around the House and Senate in efforts to make Michigan more competitive in the data center market, but opponents are concerned these bills will have a negative impact on schools and other businesses. State Reps. Bronna Kahle (R-Adrian) and Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) introduced two bills […]


Column: Even when they aren’t fired for being pregnant or gay, teachers face strict moral demands

BY: - October 24, 2019

Pregnant teachers in classrooms are routine these days. But the law didn’t always protect expectant women in any workplace. As part of her stump speech, Sen. Elizabeth Warren tells a story about being fired from her job as a speech pathologist for special needs children once she became pregnant back in 1971. Sharing this chapter […]

Wayne State to offer free tuition for Detroit students, residents

BY: - October 23, 2019

Wayne State University (WSU) on Wednesday announced an ambitious plan to provide free tuition for Detroit high school graduates. The student must have a high school diploma and be admitted to the university as a full-time freshman in fall 2020. Called the Heart of Detroit Tuition Pledge, the initiative could potentially provide free tuition to […]

Bills you may have missed: Hate crimes expansion, judicial age limits and medical experiments on dogs

BY: - October 23, 2019

With the fast-moving nature of politics and the legislative process, it’s safe to say that many of the lesser-known legislative happenings tend to get overlooked. In an effort to give some recent bills the coverage that they deserve, here is this week’s roundup of recently introduced legislation you might have missed. Expanding Michigan’s hate crimes […]

Stabenow, Peters call on DeVos to abandon rule stripping student borrower protections

BY: - October 16, 2019

U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) and Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) are calling on the President Trump administration to undo a rule that guts protections for defrauded or misled students seeking debt relief.  Stabenow and Peters urged U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to abandon the proposed rule in a letter to the department last week. The […]