Category Archives: Education

Trump threatens to cut funding for schools that don’t reopen

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) rolled out a 9-page checklist for school districts, listing things that, in their judgment, would need to be done before schools could safely be reopened to children. These guidelines, in the words of CNN’s Ana Cabrera, encourage, among other things, “staggered scheduling, a back-up staffing plan, modified seating […]

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“Doing what feels good — what’s convenient, what’s easy — that’s how little kids think.” – Barack Obama

You’ll find the complete transcript of Barack Obama’s speech to graduating high school seniors here, but these are the parts that most caught the attention of my family this evening. I share them as a reminder to everyone in the audience that real leadership still exists. We may lack leadership in the White House, but […]

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What can Michigan do about Cronavirus in the absence of federal leadership?

As of yesterday, in spite of the President’s repeated promises that coronavirus tests are readily available, only about 7,695 Americans have been tested for the deadly virus, putting us far behind every other developed nation currently battling the pandemic. [Donald Trump, as you’ll recall, said at the CDC this past Friday, “Anybody, right now and […]

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Rick Snyder, the man responsible for the Flint water crisis, lands at Harvard, and people are rightfully outraged

This past weekend, it was announced that former Michigan Governor Rick “let’s throw an opulent secret birthday party for my wife while people are dying in Flint” Snyder had been named a senior fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School. And, as you might imagine, this didn’t sit well with some of us who remember his aggressively […]

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Washtenaw Community College’s plan to outsource IT services

Over the past week or so, I’ve had several discussions with people at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) about declining enrollment and what it might mean for the future of the institution. As for why fewer people are enrolling, there are numerous contributing factors; the population of college-aged people is dropping, the cost of tuition has […]

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