Joe Grimm has been visiting editor in residence in the Michigan State University School of Journalism since 2008. He teaches courses in reporting, editing, career branding and is editor of a series of books called Bias Busters. He previously was an editor at the Detroit Free Press for 25 years, most of them as newsroom recruiter. His latest book, "The Faygo Book," was named as a "Michigan Notable Book" for 2018.
It’s been about two decades since Michigan adopted Schools of Choice. The program is one of several responses to funding and quality issues. See how Schools of Choice decisions are made in Ingham County, and how choices over 20 years have affected the county’s 12 public school districts.
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Voters in the East Lansing school district today approved a $93.7 million, 10-year bond to replace the district’s six elementary schools. According to the Ingham County Clerk’s election site, that the East Lansing portion of the vote, by far the largest, was 2,783-2,638 in support, or 51.34 percent in favor.
Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg was leading Democrat Gretchen Driskell with 58 percent of the vote to 37 percent in Michigan’s 7th Congressional District with about half the votes counted. Libertarian Ken Proctor rounded out the vote with about 5 percent. Walberg has held his position since 2010. He was first elected in 2006 but lost his seat for one term in 2008. Walberg, a native of Chicago who worked as a steel worker before attaining bachelor’s and master’s degrees, campaigned on “encouraging job creation and economic growth, fiscal responsibility, affordable health care” and small government.
Ingham County voters leaned heavily toward renewing a property tax to support Potter Park Zoo. With 81 percent of precincts reporting, 77 percent of voters elected to renew a 0.41 mill tax to support the Lansing zoo. For the owner of a $200,000 home, this tax costs $41 a year. Because it is a renewal, residents’ taxes did not go up. Potter Park and the Potter Park Zoo have been a staple of the Lansing community for more than 100 years, since 1915. The park and zoo were under control of the city of Lansing until 2006, when the cost of maintaining the zoo became too big a burden for the city.