Democratic voters reject tradition, choosing outsiders in their quest to re…

Fresh faces with compelling life stories prevailed in Democratic primaries across several Southern states Tuesday, beating candidates with deeper political pedigrees and more governing experience in several key races. The results marked an ongoing embrace by Democratic voters of non-politicians, women, veterans and nonwhite candidates to lead the party’s effort to take back control of…

Will Your Vote Be Vulnerable On Election Day?

As America heads toward the 2018 midterms, there is an 800-pound gorilla in the voting booth. Despite improvements since Russia’s attack on the 2016 presidential race, the U.S. elections infrastructure is vulnerable — and will remain so in November. Cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier laid out the problem to an overflowing room full of election directors…

Will Teacher Uprisings Change Democrats?

Anyone wondering whether teacher uprisings this spring will influence party politics and elections in November should look at what’s happened in this year’s primaries so far. Most prominent among primary contests involving education issues was an improbable win in Kentucky, where a first-time candidate, math teacher R. Travis Brenda, knocked off the state’s House Republican…

5 things we can do to improve education in Michigan

Improving student outcomes Michigan’s schools are facing plenty of challenges. Third-grade reading scores have declined for the past two years, and less than half of students statewide are proficient in the subject. Meanwhile, Michigan rank at or near the bottom third of states nationwide in fourth-grade reading and eighth-grade math. And performance standards are just…

World leaders criticize Trump’s policies at economic forum in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin called for “trade peace” and lamented the lack of consistency on international agreements from successive U.S. administrations at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday, per Bloomberg. The trend: It wasn’t just Putin. Interestingly, French President Emmanuel Macron attended the forum, and said he wanted to rebuild trust with Russia.…