Jake Neher is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He covers the State Legislature and other political events in Lansing.
A controversial figure in the national school reform debate is applauding recent efforts to transform public education in Michigan.
The state Senate has approved an education budget that would boost public school funding by about three percent.
Debate over whether to drop a set of national school standards has stalled a bill to fund the Michigan Department of Education.
A state House panel is looking at ways to address medical marijuana distribution in Michigan.
A state House panel has approved a plan to tie teachers’ pay to student performance.
Lawmakers in Lansing are considering some changes to the Michigan’s controversial new fireworks law.
Governor Rick Snyder’s administration says it’s “very skeptical” the federal government will let Michigan put a time limit on Medicaid.
A fight over American Indian-themed school mascots could result in a three million dollar budget cut for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.
Lawmakers in the state Senate say they hope to pass an overhaul of Michigan’s public defense system in the coming weeks.
Governor Rick Snyder’s administration is applauding state House Republicans for offering a plan to overhaul Medicaid in Michigan.
New teachers in Michigan would be paid based primarily on student growth under a bill in Lansing.
The Obama Administration’s top education official says public schools in Detroit are improving.
A bill to overhaul Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance system will not get a single “yes” vote from Democrats in the state House.
A pair of bills that would revoke welfare benefits from some Michigan families has cleared the state House.
Republicans in the state Senate say it’s time to go back to the drawing board on a bill that would facilitate state takeovers of struggling schools.
A plan to change Michigan’s high school graduation requirements could be sent to the state House floor as early as next week.
A number of people who’ve been severely injured in auto accidents were at the state Capitol Thursday.
The Snyder administration says an education work group is not seriously discussing a voucher-like system for public schools.
The debate over changing Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system is underway in Lansing.
Michigan would begin suspicion-based drug testing of welfare recipients under a bill approved Wednesday by a state House panel.
State lawmakers are taking up several bills that have animal rights groups either cheering or sneering.
State House Democrats spent “tax day” pushing a plan to repeal several state tax policies.
With the tax filing deadline right around the corner, Michigan Democrats are attacking what they call unfair Republican tax policies.
The state would change its high school graduation requirements under a plan in the state House.
The Michigan Department of Human Services would lose more than a thousand workers under a plan in the state House.
State House Democrats say they want to spend an additional half billion dollars on public education and cut taxes for middle-class families.
State lawmakers return from a two-week break next week. One of the most pressing issues they’ll need to tackle is funding for roads.
Supporters of a plan to overhaul the state’s public defense system are getting a boost from a recent court decision.
A lawsuit aimed at repealing Michigan’s new right-to-work law will have its first day in court Wednesday.