Burning Bridges: How Michigan’s Tax System has Eroded its Infrastructure

One of the most common maxims of the United States is: “everyone hates taxes.” The collective consciousness of taxes is that they are a heavy social burden and an irreconcilable nuisance. Even those who support raising taxes feel the need to vilify it by complaining about the percentage of their paychecks removed by the federal … Continue reading Burning Bridges: How Michigan’s Tax System has Eroded its Infrastructure

As We Stand: Solutions for Michigan Education Today

Editor's Note: These three posts come to us from three students at the University of Michigan who have been working with our own Manon Steel on her charter school project. We're presenting them on our blog, and hope you find them informative. House Bill 5288 By James Stinnett In November of last year, Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo introduced Bill … Continue reading As We Stand: Solutions for Michigan Education Today

Residential and Hospitality Services: A Stagnant Spot in MSU’s “Culture of Learning and Collaboration”

MSU is known for its sprawling campus, cold winters, and quagmire of transportation. First year students are not allowed to buy a parking pass, and the public bus system (CATA) only runs effectively on weekdays. Students who choose to bike must often navigate through large crowds, sometimes with freezing brakes, or though icy roads and … Continue reading Residential and Hospitality Services: A Stagnant Spot in MSU’s “Culture of Learning and Collaboration”

A Quality Education: Michigan’s Report Card

This piece is co-authored by Manon Steel, Roosevelt’s National Education Policy Coordinator and a member of Roosevelt @ MSU, and Connor Rockhill, a student at the University of Michigan and a member of Roosevelt @ U of M. If you’re interested in getting involved with Roosevelt @ U of M, check them out on Twitter or Facebook. Secretary … Continue reading A Quality Education: Michigan’s Report Card

The Case for Affirmative Consent Laws

We need to change the way we talk about sexual misconduct, specifically in regard to consent. Though recent activism throughout the entertainment industry and college campuses has sparked outcry for such change, policies regarding affirmative consent, as well as societal engagement about consent, still lacks nationwide. We still see consent as something that is nonchalantly … Continue reading The Case for Affirmative Consent Laws

Equitable Education – Fair is Fair in School and War

This piece is co-authored by Manon Steel, Roosevelt’s National Education Policy Coordinator and a member of Roosevelt @ MSU, and Connor Rockhill, a student at the University of Michigan and a member of Roosevelt @ U of M. If you’re interested in getting involved with Roosevelt @ U of M, check them out on Twitter or Facebook. Why … Continue reading Equitable Education – Fair is Fair in School and War

Divided We Stand: Michigan’s Love Affair With Charter Schools

This piece is co-authored by Manon Steel, Roosevelt's National Education Policy Coordinator and a member of Roosevelt @ MSU, and Connor Rockhill, a student at the University of Michigan and a member of Roosevelt @ U of M. If you're interested in getting involved with Roosevelt @ U of M, check them out on Twitter or … Continue reading Divided We Stand: Michigan’s Love Affair With Charter Schools

The Consequences of Commoditizing Education

To the left, Betsy DeVos has become the human embodiment of all that is wrong with the movement to further privatize public education. Her vision for the future of the American education system revolves around increasing the number of private and charter schools, and school of choice through programs such as vouchers. However, the current … Continue reading The Consequences of Commoditizing Education