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Column: A New Orleans model for Detroit?

Former Louisiana Superintendent Paul Pastorek, pictured here at a 2008 groundbreaking ceremony for Langston Hughes Elementary in New Orleans, has spent significant time in Michigan this summer evaluating education in Detroit and across the state. Cheryl Gerber / AP

If you aren't familiar with the name Paul Pastorek, chances are you've heard about his work. More

Editorial: Let there be politics

Gov. Rick Snyder's race against challenger Mark Schauer is one of the most anticipated races of the fall. Daniel Mears / The Detroit News

Michigan voters may already feel as if they're inundated with political advertising preoccupied with nasty personal attacks. But Labor Day marks the traditional start of the campaign season, and they ain't seen nothing yet. More

A victory for homeowners

Huntington Woods officials have rightly repealed a controversial tree ordinance after residents conducted a petition drive asking the city to either repeal the law or submit it for voter approval. More

Wolverine football must mean fall's back

Jim Brandstatter and Dan Dierdorf, pictured here with Lloyd Carr (center), understand the tradition of Michigan football as well as anybody. John T. Greilick / The Detroit News

Today marks the start of the football season for my alma mater, the University of Michigan. More

Don't write labor's epitaph just yet

Former UAW boss Walter Reuther understood the give-and-take necessary for unions to be successful, O'Neill writes. Detroit News Staff / Detroit News Collection, Walt

Labor Day is again upon us. And so are the inevitable epitaphs for the labor movement in America. The distressing analysis of the labor movement is familiar. More

Editorial: No end in sight for Detroit Public Schools' money struggles

DPS Emergency Manager Jack Martin's plan to cut teacher pay did not last. Brandy Baker / The Detroit News

It's been a tumultuous past week at Detroit Public Schools. After announcing a 10 percent pay reduction for employees among other cutbacks—and getting that plan approved by the state — district officials abruptly changed course just days later. More

Beware, Detroit: Flood relief may not be coming

Detroiters who have had to replace flood-damaged equipment may not get much relief from the government, Beckmann writes. Daniel Mears / The Detroit News

Plenty of Detroit homeowners got a big surprise from their insurance agents after the recent flooding in the tri-county area, finding that their policies didn't cover losses from water damage caused by the storm. More

Caution is the Obama Doctrine

President Barack Obama has not rushed headlong into foreign affairs, Richter writes. Carolyn Kaster / AP

A series of foreign crises makes it look like the world has been set ablaze. President Barack Obama's critics say his disengagement is to blame. Yet polls prove that most people want the president to pull back from America's position as world policeman. More

Empower autistic children for the school year

How would it make you feel if a highly skilled physician or psychologist were to inform you that your child is neurologically wired similarly to such creative geniuses as Albert Einstein, Michelangelo or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? More

Mark Schauer joins the war on women

Mark Schauer preaches a pro-choice philosophy, but backed a pro-life Democratic candidate for the Michigan Supreme Court. David Coates / The Detroit News

It is richly ironic that Schauer so ardently embraced the nomination of a pro-life Supreme Court candidate at last weekend's state party convention. More

Editorial: End of federal oversight affirms progress

Now free from a federal consent decree that cost the city millions annually, Detroit police chief James Craig can shift more resources to crime fighting. Daniel Mears / The Detroit News

There's been no better sign of the progress Detroit is making toward becoming a fully functional city than the Police Department's release this week from more than a decade of federal oversight. More

Energy freedom good for consumers

Energy freedom would streamline the net metering rules that govern how much energy consumers feed back into to the grid. Todd McInturf / The Detroit News

Should residents and businesses be allowed to generate energy and get a fair price for power they produce? Of course they should. That's why we introduced a package of legislation called energy freedom. More

The case for drug discounts

It is truly disappointing to see Howard Dean carrying the water for the pharmaceutical industry in his August 6op-ed, ' More

Livonia: The rest of the story on Hinoki school

Dan Quisenberry, president of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies, wrote a column about Livonia Public Schools and the Hinoki International School (August 25, 'Livonia vs. Hinoki school'). More

The suburbs are arming to the teeth

If any police department in Michigan deserves military means, it is Detroit's, not those in Oakland County. Steve Perez / The Detroit News

If the federal government has free military equipment to give away, it would seem logical to give more of it to counties with high crime rates and scarce resources. Unfortunately this is, by and large, not the case. More

ISIS calls for a global solution

Anti-ISIS marches have materialized the world over — is a global military response next? Torstein Boe / AP

Sometimes, amid the heated political debate about what should done by the U.S. government in world affairs, a proposal cuts through the TV babble of the supposed experts with a clear, useful suggestion. More

Defeat ISIS by letting Syria loose

Obama administration officials proclaim that the Islamic State's isolated experiment in 7th century Islam to pose a dire threat to America. More

Michigan's great teachers deserve great praise

Michigan's teachers prepare the younger generation for success in a changing world. Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News

Many of us can recall a great teacher who influenced and inspired us and to whom we owe a debt of gratitude for their interest in our education and the knowledge they instilled in us. More

Editorial: Late school start doesn't help kids

Public schools shouldn't be prevented by Lansing from opening their doors prior to Labor Day. Todd McInturf / The Detroit News

If you have out-of-state friends with children or pay attention to national media, you've probably caught on that 'back to school' has already happened in most states. But not for another week for most Michigan public schools. More

Getting women a seat at the political table

Warren David Olds / Michigan Legislature

Today is Women's Equality Day, a day to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment. More

After Ferguson's fires, go and vote next time

Black people are the majority in Ferguson, Missouri, but local elected officials and police don't reflect that. Scott Olson / Getty Images

Televised scenes of fires and looters ravaging storefront buildings in Ferguson, Missouri brought flashbacks in my memory to other urban riots a half-century ago — and to lessons that Ferguson officials failed to learn. More

Should America lead on climate change?

President Barack Obama has talked about climate change since day one. But does America stand to gain anything by 'taking the lead' on climate change? Charles Dharapak / AP

President Obama is pretty much acting as a one-man wrecking crew when it comes to breaking the impasse on actions geared towards mitigating climate change. Which begs the question: what's to be gained by 'taking the lead' on climate change, anyway? More

The price of being frontrunner

For Hillary Clinton, being frontrunner means having a target on her back two years before the 2016 Presidential Election. AAMIR QURESHI / AFP/Getty Images

The 2016 presidential preseason still has a few months left — for every candidate but Hillary Rodham Clinton. More

Epidemics and the global village

The Ebola virus has killed relatively few people, globally, but it has drawn much media attention. SIA KAMBOU / AFP/Getty Images

The agitating Ebola emergency has captured headlines. There are some who undoubtedly assume that this kind of epidemic is unusual. More

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