Category Archives: Michigan

Charter schools are putting both our children and our democracy at risk, says former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch

A few days ago, education historian Diane Ravitch, a former Assistant Secretary of Education under the first President Bush, was interviewed by Bill Moyers on the subject of school privatization. In the interview, Ravitch, who was once a staunch supporter of No Child Left Behind, talks of her ongoing research into the $500 billion K-12 […]

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Clicks over Quality…. Will the Ann Arbor News follow The Oregonian, demanding that all reporters post three stories a day?

Advance Publications, the owners of the Ann Arbor News, made the national news a few days ago when New York Times columnist David Carr announced that, in an attempt to drive increased web traffic to the website of their Portland paper, The Oregonian, they were requiring all of their reporters to post three stories per […]

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Snyder tells Michigan’s 300+ married gay couples, I know you’re legally married, but it doesn’t change a god damn thing

While conceding that more than 300 same-sex couples were legally married this past weekend, in the wake of a federal judge’s finding last Friday that the Michigan gay marriage ban was unconstitutional, Governor Rick Snyder told reporters in Lansing earlier today that, pending an appeal filed by Attorney General Bill Schuette, the State would not […]

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Having learning nothing from the Gulf disaster, BP allows crude oil to pour into Lake Michigan

It looks like our friends at BP are up to their old tricks again. This time, though, the oil being spilled isn’t in the Gulf of Mexico, where the company’s cost-cutting measures in 2010 led to the largest oil spill in recorded history, but in Lake Michigan, the largest repository of fresh water on the […]

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What do you say, Michigan, is it time to trade Mitch Albom?

It’s now been about 30 hours since I’ve eaten, and 20 since I’ve left the small area of my home where I’ve been quarantined, and the flu is finally beginning to pay dividends. I’m starting to have brilliant visions. The most recent one involves Mitch Albom. It occurred to me that, if I could somehow […]

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