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Holland Sentinel: Our View: Early childhood programs among best investments

One of the most encouraging signs on the political landscape in Lansing in the past couple of years has been the growing recognition that it’s cheaper to deal with social problems by preventing them before they occur than once they’re persistent and entrenched. March 29, 2015 — Holland Sentinel


Dome Magazine: Bang!

U.S. District Judge Terrence was shot outside his Detroit home by two young adults. Berg’s wife, Anita Sevier, told the community, “Instead of being angry, be part of the solution for the hopeless teens and children of Detroit.” March 27, 2015 — Dome Magazine

Detroit Free Press: House bill on chronic truancy would cut cash assistance

LANSING – Chronically truant students could cause a family to lose cash assistance benefits from the state under a bill passed in the House of Representatives on Thursday. March 26, 2015 — Detroit Free Press

Detroit Metro Times: Politics and Prejudices Michigan sailing down the drain

There’s no doubt that a lot of people want to destroy the middle class. Ever since Ronald Reagan took office in 1981, there’s been a steady and successful push to transfer a vast amount of the nation’s wealth from the poor to the rich.

This is, as has often been said, the most undercovered story in America. What’s more, we seem intent on doing as much as we can to make it harder and harder for the disadvantaged to lift themselves out of poverty. March 25, 2015 — Detroit Metro Times


The Detroit News: GOP House panel rejects Snyder school initiatives

Lansing — A state House committee on Tuesday rejected funding for most of Gov. Rick Snyder’s major education initiatives, setting the stage for negotiations on school funding between Republican legislative leaders and the GOP executive. March 24, 2015 — The Detroit News


MLIVE: ‘Parental responsibility act’ to cut off welfare cash if kids miss school approved by Michigan House

Michigan families with a child who regularly misses school could miss out on welfare cash assistance under a under a bill approved Thursday by the state House. March 26, 2015 — MLIVE

MLIVE: Latest county health rankings show improvement, setback in Muskegon

Muskegon County appears to be in a stationary position when it comes to improving the health and wellbeing of the region’s residents.

The 2015 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps released Wednesday, March 25 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute place Muskegon County at the No. 65 for Health Outcomes and No. 66 for Health Factors out of the 82 counties ranked in Michigan. March 25, 2015 — MLIVE


Michigan Radio: Snyder vs the Legislature on education funding

Years ago, when we had a governor from one political party and a legislature controlled by the other, we often saw epic battles over spending priorities, otherwise known as the state budget. March 25, 2015 — Michigan Radio

MLIVE: Muskegon County leaders highlight need for increased third-grade reading proficiency in Gov. Snyder’s 2016 budget

MUSKEGON, MI – A group of Muskegon County leaders in the fields of education, human services and law enforcement are making a push to increase literacy in the community, particularly in elementary age children. March 23,2015 —  MLIVE

grbj: Prosperity is driven by education attainment

Business Journal editor Carole Valade titled a recent editorial “Michigan: a state of impoverishment.”

Unfortunately, that is an accurate assessment of Michigan today; it’s one of the nation’s poorest states. March 20, 2015 — Grand Rapids Business Journal


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