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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. Eliminate prevailing wage laws. Eliminate the Common Core, er, the Michigan Content Standards. Why eliminate the...

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 the State address. No sneak preview of recommendations from his 21st Century Commission on Education, but...

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 meet. But with the recovery continuing, the future should look better, right? Guess again. While the current...

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 third-grade reading, is strong evidence educators can dramatically improve student performance without government intrusion. In just...

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 you're in the manufacturing, IT, entertainment, transportation, health care, food service or tourism industries, you...

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 sense of urgency for business tax reform as a way to revive the state’s failing...

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 Gov. Snyder to agree to a study of how much it actually costs to educate...

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 exists between Americans and Asians not because American schools teach creativity more or better ......

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 -- that is a distraction and, at its worst, a detriment to the essence of education. That's...

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 businesses and homeowners without hurting -- and actually benefitting -- schools and their ability to...

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 expense of those who voted him into office -- a $1.7 billion tax cut for...

Back to the Future — National Career Readiness Certificate Gears Grads for Jobs

Hot off the presses is a new book titled "Reskilling America: Learning to Labor in the 21st Century," which encourages educators and policymakers to pivot from college to career prep to meet current economic demands. "Hello! McFly!" It's Back to...

Whose Top Priority?

Education is my top priority. Our children are our future. Ask virtually any politician a question about education and those are the responses you’re likely to hear. Well, Michigan residents aren’t buying it. Seventy-six percent of respondents to a recent survey...

DPS: Equally Tragic

What if it were my child? Everyone in Michigan, and the nation, asks themselves that question as they contemplate the Flint water crisis. Long-term cognitive damage is possible for young children with elevated lead levels in their system. Everyone agrees the...

Too Much of a Good Thing

America is all about unfettered choice and free markets. Consumers daily face a tsunami of choices everywhere they turn. At some point, however, we may want to ask ourselves if it is possible to have too much choice. Can we have...

PA 269: A Wall of Silence

When it's time to vote, when are you most confident of the decisions you make? Is it A: When you're well informed and can easily explain how your vote will affect you and your family? Or is it B: When you...
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