African-Americans want Whitmer to tackle jobs, health care before roads

BY: - February 25, 2019

Michigan African-Americans support Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, but they want her to address job creation and health care before fixing infrastructure. That’s according to a new statewide survey commissioned by the Michigan Democratic Party Black Caucus. The poll captures their responses to several questions including how to rate Whitmer’s first 30 days in office; how much she’ll […]

Peters wants answers from DeVos over effort to fire watchdog

BY: - February 21, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) is demanding answers from U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about her department’s abrupt decision last month to fire its internal watchdog. Peters, the top Democrat on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, was one of five House and Senate lawmakers who sent DeVos a […]

MSU acting President Udpa apologizes to Nassar survivors

BY: - February 16, 2019

Michigan State University’s new acting president, Satish Udpa, issued a statement apologizing to survivors of former MSU gymnastics Dr. Larry Nassar’s sexual assault during a Board of Trustees meeting Friday. In a statement, Udpa said he felt the need “to formally apologize and to effectively atone” for the abuse that hundreds of young girls who […]


Shades of Cherry Commission in Whitmer’s education and workforce agenda

BY: - February 14, 2019

Do you remember what the Cherry Commission was? If so, congratulations. Like me, you are a huge policy nerd. But in light of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s announced goal at her State of the State address to have 60 percent of Michigan residents attain a post-high school credential by 2030, it’s worth taking a trip in […]

West Michigan biz leaders cheer Whitmer’s LGBTQ rights push

BY: - February 13, 2019

Several members of West Michigan’s famously conservative business community are on board with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s call in her State of the State address for expanded LGBTQ protections. It’s legislative Republicans who continue to oppose the move. Speaking before almost 400 people in Grand Rapids on Wednesday morning, just 12 hours after finishing her speech […]

Detroit’s first Black teacher died on this day in 1922

BY: - February 13, 2019

Fannie Richards, the city’s first Black public school teacher, died on this day in 1922. She was 81 years old. Richards was born on October 1, 1840, to free parents in Fredericksburg, Va. As a child, she moved with her parents to Toronto, Canada, where she was educated. In 1863, Richards opened a private school for […]

Top lines from Whitmer’s first State of the State

BY: - February 13, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had her share of zingers, applause lines and a corny joke or two — pretty standard fare for a first State of the State speech. She also didn’t shy away from progressive rhetoric on how Michigan is falling short on education, climate change, equal pay and LGBTQ rights, which did not earn […]

Whitmer declares Snyder era over — except on budget deadlines

BY: - February 13, 2019

Without mentioning his name, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took former Gov. Rick Snyder and Republicans who worked with him to task in a sweeping State of the State address that touched on fixing Michigan roads, cleaning up drinking water and improving schools. Snyder defined himself as a governor of “relentless positive action.” Whitmer’s criticism Tuesday night […]

Leaders grade gov. speech on jobs, auto insurance, education and more

BY: - February 13, 2019

There was no shortage of people giving their takes on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first State of the State speech on Tuesday night, including the man she jokingly referred to from the rostrum as “Mr. Julie Calley.” Former Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, who’s married to current state Rep. Julie Calley (R-Portland), has appeared with Whitmer at […]

How 25 years of charter schools have changed Detroit

BY: - February 12, 2019

Charter schools have been a part of Michigan’s educational landscape for the last quarter-century. While they still inspire intense debate to this day, there’s no doubt that charters have had a significant impact in the state, particularly in Detroit. It was 1994 when charters first came on the scene in Michigan. A lot has changed […]

Ulbrich: Some charter authorizers are ‘cashing in and making tons of money’

BY: - February 12, 2019

The State Board of Education has hit the ground running this year, launching a search for a new state superintendent of public instruction and hiring Ray & Associates. Interim leader Sheila Alles, who had served as chief deputy superintendent, replaced the late Brian Whiston, who died last year after a bout with cancer.    In […]

Gov. to skip SOS happy talk tradition, focus on roads, schools

BY: - February 12, 2019

Michiganders have come to expect that once a year, their governor will appear on TV and put a happy face on the state of our state. That’s the way it’s been, by and large, for the last 16 years, under both Democratic former Gov. Jennifer Granholm and GOP former Gov. Rick Snyder. While both leaders […]