Did the Republicans make a mistake by pushing the election of board members for a new Detroit schools systems in November, when Detroit voters, which are historically Democratic, may not have a reason, otherwise to vote down ballot with the elimination of straight ticket voting? The MIRS team talks about this dynamic.
MIRS polls in the 10th Congressional District, but the most interesting number coming out of it may be how few people cared enough to participate. Is this an indictment of the 10th Congressional District? Lower ballot races in general? Or of people's growing disinterest in robo-polls at this point in the process?
Also, Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to vote as soon as Tuesday on whether he believes Waukesha, Wis., should be allowed to tap into the Great Lakes Basin. Why is Michigan's position on the issue so vital? The MIRS team bats around that question.
Tens of millions of dollars managed by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund should be put toward addressing the public health impact of the Flint water crisis, says one of the Fund's board members, Jim Murray, the president of AT&T Michigan. Murray is supportive of legislation that makes it more clear that the money can go toward Flint-like emergencies.
Did the House Republicans' passage of the latest Detroit Public Schools reform package upstage the Detroit Regional Chamber conference? Is the annual event on Mackinac Island over-covered by the state media, anyway?
How many Republican state House candidates have bothered to send back a questionnaire to Planned Parenthood of Michigan? How many Democratic questionnaires have not been supportive of Planned Parenthood? Lori Carpentier, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood talks about abortion as an increasingly partisan issue in the past 15 years and if she sees it continuing to be.
Would the Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP) support any iteration of a Detroit Education Commission (DEC) as part of a Detroit Public Schools (DPS) reform package? What if all five members were appointees of the charter school movement? Gary Naeyaert, GLEP's executive director, answers that question and why GLEP doesn't support a Senate version that only puts a DEC in charge of approving the opening of a charter school entity that doesn't have an A or B grade.
Will the state of Michigan pay to replace Flint's lead water pipes? When it's all said and done, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley said the answer is yes. Having spent at least three days a week in Flint since mid-January, Calley talks about his experiences in the city suffering through a lead-laced municipal water supply that has made national news. Has he been as poorly received as Gov. Rick Snyder when he was booed during the President Obama visit?
As much as $5 million in state government money is being proposed to reimburse private schools for the costs of state mandates. It's not a voucher, said Tom Hickson of the Michigan Catholic Conference, who also talked about Syrian refugees, among other things.
The votes were there to move a $515 million Detroit Public Schools package out of the House Appropriations Committee last Friday. Are they there now that DPS teachers' mass "sick-out" has closed nearly every traditional public school in the Motor City? House Appropriations Committee Chair Al Pscholka answers that question. Also what is in the new House DPS package? Why $515 million instead of the $715 million the Governor and Senate want?
Sen. Tom Casperson reveals that his school bathroom plan for transgender students is being implemented without issue in two schools in his district. He speaks more about his proposal in this week's edition. Casperson, a congressional candidate, also handicaps his race and talks about eliminating a federal department. Which one?