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Ron Koehler

Ron Koehler
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Ron Koehler is the Kent ISD Assistant Superintendent and offers his commentary on issues in education. Read Ron's full bio

ACA Repeal Threatens Student Academic Achievement

Lost in the debate surrounding the repeal of the Affordable Care Act is the potentially disastrous effect dramatic reductions in Medicaid funding will have...

Thank You!

Kent County voters on May 2 turned out to the polls and expressed confidence in their schools by approving a ballot proposal that will...

Representative Democracy?

In the shadow of the state House of Representatives failed vote earlier this year to roll back income taxes came three items of interest...

Couldn’t Be More Wrong

You've gotta hand it to President Trump. He just keeps smashing conventional belief. And, in some instances, universally accepted research.The president's budget blueprint vaporized...

Change, for Change’s Sake

The new session of the Michigan Legislature started recently and it didn't take long for populist priorities to start flowing. Eliminate the income tax....

No Time for a Victory Lap

Michigan residents hoping to learn more about Gov. Snyder's education agenda didn't get much to chew on in his seventh, and penultimate, State of...

Ron Koehler

Ron Koehler is the Kent ISD Assistant Superintendent and offers his commentary on issues in education.

School Funding: What Does The Future Hold?

While the Michigan economy has, officially at least, been in recovery for more than six years, school districts are still struggling to make ends...

Reading Now Network Reaps Results

Lost amid the debate over early literacy and the celebration -- by some -- of the governor's signature on legislation placing greater emphasis on...

Why not ask the customer?

Let's open with a quick quiz. Can you name a $13 billion enterprise that operates almost totally without regular, ongoing and actionable customer research?If...

Why Not Local Control?

Campaigning for governor in 2010 as Michigan was clawing its way back from the abyss of the Great Recession, Rick Snyder created a huge...

Adequacy Study Inadequate, But So Is Funding

Late in the Lame Duck legislative session of 2014, Democrats won what they thought was a major victory in getting the Republican-led legislature and...

Killing Creativity, Restoring Trust

"Creativity cannot be taught, but it can be killed ... Asian education systems kill creativity more effectively than the American system. The creativity gap...

Thank You for Reading

Politics. Policy. Finance. Standards-based accountability. NCLB. ESSA.Too often, this blog is about stuff -- the external influences on schools, teachers and ultimately, students --...

Take the Quiz – How Would They Vote?

Here's a quiz: Given their track record, how do you think Michigan legislators would vote on a bill to lower school property taxes on...

Is Ranking 39th Acceptable? Effects from Snyder Tax Cuts

One tough nerd rolled to the governor’s office in January 2011 and later that year the Legislature handed him a huge victory at the...
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