What You Should Know: Dishonest Politics Edition

Mark Schauer and Democrats aren’t being 100 percent honest on education funding. But schools are in rough shape regardless.

Mark Schauer
Mark Schauer

If you either don’t have a television or have somehow been able to avoid political advertising so far this year, two things:

First, congratulations. You are a much better person for it.

Second, most of the political ads you’ve missed feature elderly teachers decrying Gov. Rick Snyder for cutting school budgets and single-handedly ushering in the apocalypse or elderly teachers praising Snyder for boosting school budgets and single-handedly ushering in 1,000 years of peace and prosperity.*

*Note: Exaggerated for effect.

Well, it turns out both parties might be a bit full of it on this issue, The Detroit News’ Chad Livengood reports. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer’s claims that Snyder cut $1 billion from education don’t fully add up, but that doesn’t let Snyder off the hook. Schools are still more strapped than ever before.

Read more at The Detroit News.

Mount Pleasant’s congressional district is middle-of-the-road when it comes to income inequality.

Bloomberg News has an interesting map detailing income inequality, poverty levels and food stamp usage in each congressional district. Michigan’s Fourth District, represented by longtime Republican Rep. Dave Camp, finds itself somewhat in the middle of the pack in all three categories, nationally speaking.

Take a look at the interactive map at Bloomberg.

Hate high tuition? Study overseas.

Undergraduate tuition, room and board rates have risen by about 40 percent over the last decade in the United States, and students are leaving with more debt and less money than ever. Forbes has an idea, though: Study overseas. It might not be as expensive as you’d think. In fact, you might even save money.

Read more at Forbes.

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