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Wednesday, December 26,2012

Grading the graders

A study of 96 classrooms in the Lansing School District

by Sam Inglot
Lansing School District teachers are creating positive relationships and classroom environments for their students, but their teaching techniques could use improvement, according to results of a recent study.
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Wednesday, December 26,2012

What have we learned?

by Walt Sorg
So what have we learned? The question is always appropriate at year's end, especially at the end of a year of contention, dissension and even some significant steps forward.
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Wednesday, December 26,2012

F*ck the NRA

by Ari Levaux
The National Rifle Association claims to be the largest pro-hunting organization in the world. But as a hunter, the NRA couldn't represent me less. And as a human being, I object to being associated with those bullies. The NRA is not for hunters, any more than AAA is for bicyclists.
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Wednesday, December 19,2012

GOP shooting itself in foot

by Kyle Melinn
It was midnight last Thursday, I think, when I got around to compiling a list of some 20 bills my MIRS team and I needed to track going into the last day of an already overly active lame duck in the Michigan Legislature.
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Wednesday, December 19,2012

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
It's highly unlikely that a late-Victorian era house is the first image that comes to mind when you think about sustainability. However, that may change.
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Wednesday, December 19,2012

Recovering

The number of properties owing on delinquent property taxes declines; still nowhere near pre-2008 numbers

by Andy Balaskovitz
The Ingham County treasurer says 2012 looks like the "definitive peak" of the housing crisis in Ingham County, with the number of property tax delinquents declining by more than 10 percent from last year and falling below 2009 figures.
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Wednesday, December 19,2012

Closing a 'mini- United Nations'

A closer look at alleged lack of transparency in closing Red Cedar Elementary School in East Lansing

by Sam Inglot
Former, present and future East Lansing Board of Education members say the decision to close Red Cedar Elementary School was not only a bad idea — it was also underhanded. The vote to close Red Cedar, located just north of the Trowbridge Plaza, occurred at a Nov. 26 board meeting after three hours of public comment — nearly all of which was in opposition to the plan.
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Wednesday, December 19,2012

Bernero v. Rodgers

What's a fair salary for a township supervisor? And is it relevant to a consolidation discussion?

by Sam Inglot
You can almost feel the love between the executives of Lansing and Lansing Township when it comes to consolidating their two communities.
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Wednesday, December 19,2012

End of an Era for the Master of Voter Lists

by Walt Sorg
The man who crafted what has become an iconic political slogan — "No Worse Than the Rest" — is a study in contradictions. He's controversial and outspoken while at the same time a champion for crafting electoral consensus and pragmatic solutions.
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Wednesday, December 19,2012

The history of GOP takeover

by Walt Sorg
Just to recap: Right-to-work laws in the state that birthed the UAW and Teamsters; open carry of handguns in bars, schools, libraries and college dorms; an ongoing assault on a woman's constitutional right to make healthcare decisions; two huge business tax cuts, at the expense of schools, police, fire and road services; proposed state takeovers of low-performing school districts, virtually obliterating local control; deregulation of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan healthcare monopoly; and a proposed ban on Sharia law.
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