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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 Nishii compare the dysfunction that led to the Baltimore riot to the tensions of the 1960s in Detroit and other major cities.

Increasingly, teachers unions 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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