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Four Years Later Ethics Problems Still Haunt EMU Governmental Relations Director


The only former Ann Arbor City Council member having a worse time of it politically than Downtown Development Authority Board member Joan Lowenstein (former Ward 2 Council member) is former Ward 3 Council member Leigh Greden. Lowenstein, who has contributed to and backed a bushel of losing Council candidates in Wards 1, 2, 3, 4 […]

September 9th, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Boards and Commissions,Edu,Featured,Higher Ed.,Politics | Read More »

AAPS Administrators & Staff Spend BIG On Meals Out, Travel and Luxury Hotels Then Propose Cutting Student Programs


by P.D. Lesko Now is the Winter of Our Discontent. To hear AAPS insiders tell it, the atmosphere at the Balas Administration building is like the Court of King Richard III, the atmosphere unhealthy, the established nobles at odds with the upwardly mobile members of the AAEA teacher’s union. What the tax-paying peasants have been […]

March 7th, 2013 | Posted in Edu,Featured,K-12 | Read More »

U of M Lecturers Participate In FLASH MOB To Call Attention To Contract Negotiations


by P.D. Lesko The University of Michigan’s Lecturer’s union, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), entered talks for the group’s fourth contract with on November 30, 2012. LEO, as the union is known, represents some 1,500 full-time and part-time non-tenured faculty who teach on all of the college’s campuses. Headed by behavioral […]

February 4th, 2013 | Posted in Edu,Featured,Higher Ed. | Read More »

At the University of Michigan Hospital, the 1 Percent Tell the 99 Percent To Tighten Their Belts


by P.D. Lesko Republicans, Tea Partiers and malcontents have blamed Obamacare for the rise in health insurance premiums. Republicans in Washington complain that Obamacare will result in soaring costs for health care providers. Progressive Washington DC think tank Think Progress offered a different explanation for the rising cost of health insurance premiums. In August 2012, […]

December 10th, 2012 | Posted in Econ,Edu,Featured,K-12,Money | Read More »

“Jobs and Kids. Kids and Jobs”: Gov. Snyder Tells WaPo How Mitt Romney Can Flip Michigan


by Rob Smith In an August 28, 2012 video interview, Michigan’s Republican governor told WaPo interviewer Nia-Malika Henderson that he and Presidential candidate Mitt Romney “have a lot of similarities.” Snyder urged Romney to “get a positive message out there.” Several times during the interview, Snyder talked about “job creation” and “a future for our […]

August 30th, 2012 | Posted in Econ,Economic Development,Edu,Featured,Politics,U.S. politics,Urban Exile | Read More »

Locals Outraged Reprimand of EMU Prez Was Made Public, While Commentators in Academe Say: “Fire Her Now!”

Susan Martin, Eastern Michigan University's president.

by P.D. Lesko Dr. Susan Martin, Provost and Senior Chancellor at the University of Tennessee, is probably wishing right about now her parents had chosen a different name. The other Dr. Susan Martin, the President of EMU, is presently embroiled in a scandal that, EMU insiders posit, may yet force her resignation. College trustees loathe […]

July 13th, 2012 | Posted in Edu,Featured,K-12 | Read More »

AAPS Documents Reveal Middle and High School Classes Have 40+ Students

Like Sardines in a Can

by P.D. Lesko Between 2003 and 2010, while total enrollment in Ann Arbor’s middle and high schools fell, average class sizes increased significantly, and so have actual class sizes, resulting in classrooms stuffed with 10, 12 and sometimes even 20 students more than the District’s class size targets. Class size targets for 2011 were 23-25 […]

April 20th, 2012 | Posted in Edu,Featured,K-12 | Read More »

A New Copyright Lawsuit May Result in the Prosecution of Educators & Students Who Share Digital Materials


by Ernesto Van Dersar John Wiley & Sons, one of the world’s largest textbook publishers, is continuing its efforts to crack down on BitTorrent piracy. The company has now named several people who allegedly shared Wiley titles online, and is demanding a jury trial against them. If these actually go ahead it will be the first […]

April 19th, 2012 | Posted in Books,Crime,Edu,Featured,Higher Ed.,K-12 | Read More »

Michigan House Republicans Pass Bill That Strips Grad. Students of Right to Unionize


Governor Rick Snyder has repeatedly claimed he has no interest in starting a Right-To-Work war in Michigan. Whether he has been telling the truth may become very clear, very soon. The Michigan House quickly approved SB 0971, legislation that bans the unionization of graduate student research assistants (GSRA) at public universities. There was no debate […]

March 1st, 2012 | Posted in Edu,Featured,Higher Ed. | Read More »

Michigan K-12 Education—$40 Billion Gets Us The New Jim Crow


By P.D. Lesko Last year at this time my two sons, ages 10 and 13, were advanced in reading, mathematics and science, according to their work on the MEAP tests. This year, one son is advanced in social studies and that both are Level 2 proficient in reading and mathematics. Their overall proficiency scores dropped […]

March 1st, 2012 | Posted in Econ,Edu,Featured,K-12,Taxes | Read More »

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