Independent Streams (week of February 20)

Problems How The Fed Can Maintain Its Independence (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Lisa Cook discusses the future of the Federal Reserve System’s independence. $94 Million Millage Proposal May Be A Tough Sell (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Josh Cowen comments on school of choice and school competitiveness. Michigan Expert Urges Continued Education Advocacy Following …

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Independent Streams (week of February 13)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research Problems ‘Children Are Not Blueberries’ What A Trump/DeVos Administration Would Mean For Local Schools (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate David Arsen discusses the potential impact of a DeVos nomination on school funding. Black History Month: MSU Scholar Explores Impacts Of Oppression On U.S. Innovation (link is …

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On the military balance of power in the Western Pacific

Some observations concerning the military balance of power in Asia. Even “experts” I have spoken to over the years seem to be confused about basic realities that are fundamental to strategic considerations. 1. Modern missile and targeting technology make the survivability of surface ships (especially carriers) questionable. Satellites can easily image surface ships and missiles …

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Independent Streams (Week of February 6)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research Problems Republican-Led Michigan Grapples With Uncertainty About Medicaid Expansion (link is external) IPPSR policy forum panelist and former Michigan Medicaid Director Steve Fitton talks Medicaid Expansion’s uncertain future. In Bid To Eliminate Michigan Income Tax, Fears Of Another Kansas (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Charles Ballard …

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Independent streams (Week of January 30)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research Problems Michigan’s Stumbling Middle Class (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Charles Ballard, director of the State of the State Survey, discusses a stagnating economy and persistent income inequality in Michigan with Bridge Magazine. Teacher Applicants Not Meeting State Expectations (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Sarah Reckhow …

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Independent Streams (week of January 23)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research Problems Betsy DeVos’ Accountability Problem (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate David Arsen comments on charter school organization in light of President Donald Trump’s pro-charter school education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos. Senate Hearing, DeVos Shows Ignorance Central Debate Over How To Measure Schools (link is external) IPPSR …

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Independent Streams (week of January 16)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research Problems Which Michigan Counties Are Most Vulnerable If Obamacare Is Repealed (link is external) Recent analysis by Bridge Magazine highlights Michigan counties which would be most affected by repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Survey: Government Trust Levels Low (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Charles Ballard …

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Hope, Lies and Making Change

I was up early as usual yesterday morning to sneak in a little quiet reading time before heading off to set up for our local monthly recycling drive we’ve been operating for 28 years. It was chilly (14 degrees) and dark when I loaded up our 1999 Ford Ranger, 4-cylinder truck with our material before …

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Independent Streams (week of January 9)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems Michigan Outlook: Companies Expect To Hire In 2017 (link is external) IPPSR affiliate Charles Ballard discusses the challenges of gaining skilled trade workers in Michigan. Head Of Michigan’s Unemployment Agency Reassigned After Thousands Wrongly Accused Of Fraud (link is external) Michigan Political Leadership Program Alumni …

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Why you should hire me (feat. Hamilton)

[Anna writes..] I think I’d really enjoy being a costume designer, Broadway superstar, or Olympic gymnast. Unfortunately, I don’t exactly have the credentials for those positions. ​ Over here in reality, I will soon be “moving out of higher education in search of new challenges and opportunities” (thanks, Jobs on Toast). So I’m currently putting …

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Independent Streams (Week of December 19)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems Great Lakes Greatly Stressed (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Eric Freedman pens article on threats to the Great Lakes, near and far away. State Taps Unemployment Insurance Fund To Balance Books (link is external) MPLP Alumni and House Minority Leader Tim Greimel criticized a recent …

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Independent Streams (Week of December 5)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems Long-Haul Charters (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Joshua Cowen discusses charter school performance. Michigan Court Upholds Penalty For Filling Wetland (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Eric Freedman pens article on disappearing wetlands in Michigan. New Study Shows A Much Darker Side To Detroit’s Vaunted Comeback …

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Trump Triumph Viewed From China

This is from a blog that tracks Chinese public opinion, mainly via the internet. I don’t agree with everything in the original post, but here’s something sourced from the crowd: … a widely-read Weibo post (again originated from Zhihu) summarizes what Trump’s win has “taught China”, generating tens of thousands of retweets. “1. We should …

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An Issue to Re-Unite Us

Image Courtesy of Creative Commons By Jessica Landgraf We have hit the one-week post-election milestone. As the dust begins to settle, and more letters of condemnation roll in, we need to step back and think about the effects of this election on our youngest citizens. Children Are Our Mirrors As we can all attest anecdotally, …

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The Day Education Failed

For decades now, public discussion about education has been erroneously fixated on economics. Schools, the argument goes, are critical for the development of human capital. Their most important function is to create a highly skilled workforce which can in turn produce economic growth, international competitiveness, and individual prosperity.  This is the economic imperative of education. …

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Post-Election System 2 Thinking

The post-election situation for many people, including many students on our campus, presents a conundrum: a complex situation which for many feels like, and in some cases has been, a real threat. In his book Thinking, Fast and Slow the Nobel prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman describes two “systems” that the human brain uses in understanding …

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