Progress Michigan blog posts.

Consider this a teaching moment

Can’t afford to pay for school lunches? Didn’t fill out the proper paperwork? Today, Fox News recommended throwing the meal away as a “teaching moment.” This kind of thinking is popular among those trying to privatize Michigan’s public education system. Aside from embarrassing students in front of their classmates, the only reason to promote such…

Beyond barbecues: Labor Day

The Flint Sit-Down Strike, the Battle of the Overpass and the Anti-Right to Work rally last year — for generations, Michigan’s unions have been bloodied, gassed and arrested in order to protect the right to organize and the well-being of working families across the state. Unions were integral in establishing the eight-hour workday, implementing workplace safety regulations and building…

Making progress

On Friday’s edition of “Off the Record,” Tim Skubick discussed the struggle for power between Republican Party stalwarts and Tea Party activists, and what it means for Medicaid expansion in Michigan. Chad Livengood, a reporter at the conservative-leaning Detroit News, cited the Michigan Freedom Fund as evidence of a Republican Party realignment, saying “They’ve gone…

Fact-Checking Rep. Lisa Lyons

Last week, we issued a statement calling on Rep. Lyons to end her outright hypocrisy and support Michigan’s public education system. One day later, Lyons was on The Tony Conley Show talking about the proposed color-coded school ranking system, but spent most of her time responding to our release by marginalizing Progress Michigan and our…

Pride and prejudice

UPDATE: We put together a short sampling of some of the Michigan Pride 2013 speeches advocating for equality. Enjoy: This weekend, thousands of people will converge on Lansing for Michigan Pride 2013 to support and celebrate the LGBT community. It will be one of the rare occasions of the year when the majority of people…

An “F” for Rep. Lyons

Representative Lisa Lyons is at it again. This time, she wants to change the Department of Education’s school ranking system to a letter-grade system. She says the color-coded system proposed is “ambiguous and unclear.” It’s well past time for Rep. Lyons to practice what she preaches.  Rep. Lyons deserves a letter grade, and that’s an…