#ICYMI: On suburban Detroit schools, Plan B
■ Suburban Detroit schools aren’t as good as they’re cracked up to be, Lance T. Izumi of the Pacific Research Institute writes.
■Cornell University professors Avery August and Lisa Nishiicompare the dysfunction that led to the Baltimore riot to the tensions of the 1960s in Detroit and other major cities.
■ Increasingly, teachersunions are beginning to use themselves as a poison pill in charter schools, trying to introduce collective bargaining to schools that keep costs low by hiring a non-union workforce, Ingrid Jacques reports.
■Pop Quiz: Gov. Rick Snyder is in China on a trade mission. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is giving a talk at Harvard University. Who is acting governor? That job falls to Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, writes Dennis Lennox.
■ After voters’ rejection of Prop 1 on May 5, Michigan lawmakers are scrambling to present a Plan B that voters can live with. This week, House Speaker Kevin Cotter offered a plan that was dead on arrival, little more than “wishes and gimmicks,” The News wrote in an editorial. Cotter’s plan assumes revenue growth that may never materialize.
■ Ex-Detroit Lion Phillip Buchanon, a first round NFL Draft pick in 2002, wrote about the many forces that pull at a newly-rich athlete’s money in our THINK section this Thursday. Buchanon tells his story in an excerpt of his new book, “New Money Staying Rich.”
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