Problems with Michigan's Child Welfare Database

Michigan has a major issue with regard to their child welfare database. According to an article written for the Lansing State Journal, it says that the states’ database “lacked the necessary controls to ensure that all cases are actively managed and all children and families receive necessary services.” Michigan’s lack of a state-of-the-art and efficient child welfare database have caused increased concern of the possibility of workers not being assigned to cases in the future. In an audit report released on March 1st, they found approximately seven problems with the data system.

The State of Michigan...

The State of Michigan currently ranks last within the United States with respect to academics, health, economic security and community standards among African American children. In a report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, it was found that just nine percent of African-American fourth graders in Michigan read at a proficient level, which ranks lowest in the Nation. It is noted that this is the time for policymakers to take a "colorblind" approach. Laura Speer, an associate director of policy reform and advocacy at the Annie E.

Organ Donor Milestone in Michigan

Michiganders should be proud that recently the state has the highest amount of organ donors within the state ever, at around 60% of drivers. This is an incredible number, considering the fact that, "more than 115,000 men, women and children nationwide currently need an organ transplant; every 10 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list; and an average of 22 people die each day waiting for an available organ", as Donate Life America explains.

Fraternities are at the...

Fraternities are at the forefront of the college safety debate. Binge drinking, hazing, loose sexual relationships, drug abuse, sports gambling all come to mind when the word frat is spoken. Frats are continually put on suspension throughout the country, and specifically here at Michigan because they violate a safety code of the school. To be a "brother" of many fraternities one must go through a pledging process. The process often involves cleaning the house and setting up parties, learning the history of that house, but in many cases much dangerous activities.

Roadside Drug Testing

Starting November 8th, Michigan police will begin roadside drug tests to combat the widespread drugged driving issue that Michigan faces daily.

"The Preliminary Oral Fluid Analysis pilot program was established by Public Acts 242 and 243 of 2016. The pilot program will establish policies for the administration of roadside drug testing to determine whether an individual is operating a vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance in violation of Michigan law. The one-year pilot program will begin on Nov. 8, 2017.

The Presence and Influence of Social Media and Smartphones

Hello members of the caucus,

The topic I present today is an issue that has bothered me for quite some time now, and I think other members of the caucus might feel the same.

I was responding to a comment on another thread that addressed the dangers of social media culture, and a fellow student proposed “we should teach them (Michigan youth) the importance of not quantifying your popularity/love through the number of likes you get or followers you have". This comment made me think deeply about the influence that smartphones and social media have on our daily lives.

Athletes as Role Models

The World Series has been extremely interesting this year, with the Houston Astros currently leading against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Many of these baseball players, among other sports players, serve as role models to children (and even adults). Sometimes, however, these athletes are not actually good role models. Recently, Yuli Gurriel of the Astros proceeded to "pull the corner of his eyes" and mouth Chinito, which means little Asian boy, which was directed at an Asian pitcher for the Dodgers. Gurriel was suspended, but not for the World Series.

The 48-hour challenge

After reading up on some current events occurring in Michigan, I came across this article about this challenge. The 48-hour challenge is a social media phenomenon where kids are supposed to go missing for 48 hours and post on their social media accounts about their time. The more likes and comments you get, the more points you get.

Obama Care

The quality and affordability of health care in this country has been a major issue over the past several years. During his presidency, Obama revealed his health care plan - the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, oftentimes referred to as "ObamaCare". Recently, Michigan's 2018 ObamaCare plans were revealed. 

This article talks about...

This article talks about suicide rates among youths and those 25 and under in Michigan. As it says, since 2005, the suicide rates among these groups has been trending upward. While there are programs for suicide prevention in place such as Know Revolve, Project AWARE, and the Oakland County Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force, there is clearly more to be done. Both the state and county governments across Michigan cannot turn a blind eye to this highly solvable issue.

Problems with Michigan's Child Welfare Database

Michigan has a major issue with regard to their child welfare database. According to an article written for the Lansing State Journal, it says that the states’ database “lacked the necessary controls to ensure that all cases are actively managed and all children and families receive necessary services.” Michigan’s lack of a state-of-the-art and efficient child welfare database have caused increased concern of the possibility of workers not being assigned to cases in the future. In an audit report released on March 1st, they found approximately seven problems with the data system.

The State of Michigan...

The State of Michigan currently ranks last within the United States with respect to academics, health, economic security and community standards among African American children. In a report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, it was found that just nine percent of African-American fourth graders in Michigan read at a proficient level, which ranks lowest in the Nation. It is noted that this is the time for policymakers to take a "colorblind" approach. Laura Speer, an associate director of policy reform and advocacy at the Annie E.

Organ Donor Milestone in Michigan

Michiganders should be proud that recently the state has the highest amount of organ donors within the state ever, at around 60% of drivers. This is an incredible number, considering the fact that, "more than 115,000 men, women and children nationwide currently need an organ transplant; every 10 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list; and an average of 22 people die each day waiting for an available organ", as Donate Life America explains.

Fraternities are at the...

Fraternities are at the forefront of the college safety debate. Binge drinking, hazing, loose sexual relationships, drug abuse, sports gambling all come to mind when the word frat is spoken. Frats are continually put on suspension throughout the country, and specifically here at Michigan because they violate a safety code of the school. To be a "brother" of many fraternities one must go through a pledging process. The process often involves cleaning the house and setting up parties, learning the history of that house, but in many cases much dangerous activities.

Roadside Drug Testing

Starting November 8th, Michigan police will begin roadside drug tests to combat the widespread drugged driving issue that Michigan faces daily.

"The Preliminary Oral Fluid Analysis pilot program was established by Public Acts 242 and 243 of 2016. The pilot program will establish policies for the administration of roadside drug testing to determine whether an individual is operating a vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance in violation of Michigan law. The one-year pilot program will begin on Nov. 8, 2017.

The Presence and Influence of Social Media and Smartphones

Hello members of the caucus,

The topic I present today is an issue that has bothered me for quite some time now, and I think other members of the caucus might feel the same.

I was responding to a comment on another thread that addressed the dangers of social media culture, and a fellow student proposed “we should teach them (Michigan youth) the importance of not quantifying your popularity/love through the number of likes you get or followers you have". This comment made me think deeply about the influence that smartphones and social media have on our daily lives.

Athletes as Role Models

The World Series has been extremely interesting this year, with the Houston Astros currently leading against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Many of these baseball players, among other sports players, serve as role models to children (and even adults). Sometimes, however, these athletes are not actually good role models. Recently, Yuli Gurriel of the Astros proceeded to "pull the corner of his eyes" and mouth Chinito, which means little Asian boy, which was directed at an Asian pitcher for the Dodgers. Gurriel was suspended, but not for the World Series.

The 48-hour challenge

After reading up on some current events occurring in Michigan, I came across this article about this challenge. The 48-hour challenge is a social media phenomenon where kids are supposed to go missing for 48 hours and post on their social media accounts about their time. The more likes and comments you get, the more points you get.

Obama Care

The quality and affordability of health care in this country has been a major issue over the past several years. During his presidency, Obama revealed his health care plan - the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, oftentimes referred to as "ObamaCare". Recently, Michigan's 2018 ObamaCare plans were revealed. 

This article talks about...

This article talks about suicide rates among youths and those 25 and under in Michigan. As it says, since 2005, the suicide rates among these groups has been trending upward. While there are programs for suicide prevention in place such as Know Revolve, Project AWARE, and the Oakland County Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force, there is clearly more to be done. Both the state and county governments across Michigan cannot turn a blind eye to this highly solvable issue.
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Child Obesity in Michigan (Ben Padover & Jon Wellek)

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Child Obesity in Michigan

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Nurses in Schools (Antony Gordon, Mackenzie Gadja, Charles McCants)

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Noah Bloom and Jonathan Henry Katz's Proposal on Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana

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Charles' Proposal on School Lunches (Cancelled)

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Ben Heller and Luke Hoffman: Opioid Epidemic In Michigan

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Nikki Hassan's Media Artifact (website)

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