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Superintendent Nikolai Vitti works with a student on a personal computer at Cooke STEM Academy

Detroit district aims to give a laptop to every student, starting with three schools

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti's goal is to give every core teacher an electronic whiteboard and get a personal laptop in the hands of every student in his district by 2023—a move that he says is sure to improve learning.

Amanda Alexander, founder of the Detroit Justice Center

Restorative justice city: One woman's quest to create a more just Detroit

The Detroit Justice Center will provide community legal services to underserved Detroiters, support other equity organizations, and promote "just city" initiatives with the ultimate goal of creating a more just Detroit.

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Overcoming racism in Michigan

Michiganders are unifying their communities and finding peaceful pathways to overcome racism, along with the divisiveness, segregation, and disparities it causes.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Taking the 'high road'

Green stormwater infrastructure is one of the most important tools we have for cleaning the Great Lakes. But paying for and managing it with public assets alone is daunting. Here's how leveraging private sector resources for green infrastructure can achieve multiple public goals.

SMART bus in downtown Detroit

What's next for regional transit in SE Michigan? An update after the 2016 ballot failure

A 2016 ballot initiative that would have greatly improved our region's public transit failed. But those invested in the success of regional transit have conducted a postmortem, and are regrouping for another attempt.
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