Stateside for Thursday, April 3, 2014
It's no surprise that shipping conditions on the Great Lakes are miserable, even though spring has officially sprung and the shipping season officially opened March 25.
No commercial traffic has yet made it to the Soo Locks and ice is still four feet thick in some places, particularly in Lake Superior. On today’s show, we speak with a member of the U.S. Coast Guard about what's being done about this.
Then, what happened as World War II brought women and minorities into Detroit's assembly plants?
And, the Detroit bankruptcy is starting to affect the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. Water prices could go up, impacting consumers far outside the city. Daniel Howes joined us for our weekly check-in to tell us more.
Also, Phil Cavanagh became the third candidate to enter the race to replace Robert Ficano as Wayne County Executive.
First on the show, Michigan's economy may be pulling itself up and out of the Great Recession.
But our schools are still mired in an "education recession" and all of our children are paying the price.
That's the finding of the newest State of Michigan Education Report from The Education Trust-Midwest.
It's an eye-opening exercise to see how our state's schools and student performance compares to two states that are powering ahead in the national assessment: Massachusetts and Tennessee.
What lessons can Michigan learn from those two states?
The co-author of the new education report, Amber Arellano of The Education Trust-Midwest, joined us today.