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Legislature Reforms Teacher Tenure: Education Experts Recommend Michigan Residents (1) Rejoice or (2) Mourn


As you might imagine, A2Politico gets lots of press releases. We never simply reprint press releases as “news.” That would be cheating, as any fourth grade teacher knows. Yesterday, A2P got several press releases concerning the same news story. The press releases, however, present very different perspectives. This is the first press release, from the group […]

June 30th, 2011 | Posted in Edu,Featured,Higher Ed.,K-12 | Read More »

Pell Grants For Summer Study Eliminated—20K Students Impacted At Local Institutions


The end of the year-round Pell Grant program is here. During the 2010-2011 academic year, the Pell Grant award maximum per student was $5,500. In the 2008 academic year, it is estimated that the average Pell Grant awarded was $2,770, which covered approximately 42 percent of tuition and related expenses in the average U.S. four-year […]

June 30th, 2011 | Posted in Edu,Featured,Higher Ed. | Read More »

The Culture Vulture: U2 Stamps Godzilla’s Carbon Footprint on Michigan


by Chris Savage This past Sunday I got an unexpected call with an offer to purchase tickets to the East Lansing stop of U2’s 360° tour later that evening. The show was a rescheduling of the original tour which had been postponed because Bono had to undergo back surgery. Original ticket holders had actually bought […]

June 30th, 2011 | Posted in Enviro,Featured,The Culture Vulture | Read More »

House Calls: Michigan State Representative Jeff Irwin Talks About Tenure Reform


Representative Jeff Irwin, a Democrat, served for a decade as a Washtenaw County Commissioner. In January 2011, he began his first term in the Michigan House of Representatives. In his regular column, House Calls, A2Politico will pose a single question to Representative Irwin and he will answer it. The questions will focus on his work in […]

June 29th, 2011 | Posted in Edu,Featured,House Calls,K-12,Michigan politics | Read More »

Rev. Jesse Jackson Slams Michigan Gov. Snyder For “Trampling Democracy”…in Chicago (Not Detroit) Newspaper Op-Ed


You have to wonder: Did the Reverend Jesse Jackson submit his op-ed piece to either The Detroit News or the Freep before he shot it off to the editors of the Chicago Sun-Times? Did the editors of those two Michigan papers take one look at Jackson’s essay on the evils of Governor Rick Snyder and […]

June 29th, 2011 | Posted in Featured,Michigan politics,U.S. politics | Read More »

Lanx Satura [sat-ahyuhr]: Wives of Ann Arbor Politicos Vow to Withhold Sex Until Stadium Bridge/Road Repairs Made


If this libretto sounds familiar, it originated in ancient Greece. Aristophanes’s comic play “Lysistrata” debuted in 411 BCE, and it is the story of one woman’s devoted efforts to end the Pelopennesian War. Lysistrata persuades the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands and lovers as a means of forcing the men to […]

June 28th, 2011 | Posted in Featured,Infrastructure,Lanx Satura [sat-ahyuhr] | Read More »

Council Candidates: Get Your Heads Out Of Your Refrigerators & Get Your Websites Up


DamnArbor said it first. On June 23, 2011 the site posted an “Open Letter To City Council candidates.” Ben Connor Berrie writes: Dear City Council candidates, With the primary election on the 2nd of August, this must be an exciting time of year for you. I realize you are probably spending a great deal of […]

June 28th, 2011 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Featured | Read More »

WEEKLY WHOPPER: Mayor Claims City “Not in Hiring Mode Since ’06.” Records Reveal Almost 1,000 FT & PT Hires Since ’06


In 2004, John Hieftje appointed a Blue Ribbon Panel to study potential changes to the city’s employee pension system. Among the recommendations, was the restructuring of the Board of Trustees to remove city managers and employees. In essence, city employees control the Board, and according to the report from the Blue Ribbon Panel, “Of the […]

June 27th, 2011 | Posted in Fact Check,Featured,Weekly Whoppers | Read More »

The Parent Trap: Hello, May I Know Who’s Calling, Texting & Sending Pics, Please?

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by Betsy McMillin I was mulling over what topic to write about next. Then my phone rang; I ignored it.  It rang again.  And again. And again. I had my topic. According to an April 16, 2011 piece by April Conger for ABC News: Data from the Pew Internet and American Life Project indicate that tweens […]

June 26th, 2011 | Posted in Featured,The Parent Trap | Read More »

How the Mighty Have Fallen: Snyder’s Approval Ratings Have Fallen the Furthest of All GOP Govs


A2Politico has been tracking the approval ratings of Michigan’s Republican Governor Rick Snyder. In November 2010, Rick Snyder breezed past Democratic candidate Virg Bernero, and won the race for governor with 58 percent of the vote. After Governor Snyder presented his budget to the Michigan Legislature, the wheels began to come off of his PR […]

June 25th, 2011 | Posted in Featured,Michigan politics,U.S. politics | Read More »

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