Phil Power is the founder and chairman of the Center for Michigan.
Programs that help vulnerable families with pregnancy and infant care, as well as child-care options, are shown to pay dividends for early learning.
Like the aftermath of a sudden spring snowstorm, the ground is blanketed with various proposals to fix Michigan’s roads. And most have something else in common with spring snow: They’re likely to have melted into the ground once the sun comes out.
In today’s digital world, old school political leadership mechanisms don’t work well anymore.
Common-sense solutions should constitute a third force in Michigan politics, which could move our two entrenched political parties toward collaboration for the public good.
There is something deeply disgusting when a very few people dominate financing of our ostensibly “democratic” political system without even the pretense of public engagement.
A book recounting how FDR’s struggles with polio helped shape his worldview reminds the author of a turning point in his own life.
The CMU event, open to the public, will bring experts on early childhood development from around the world to Michigan.
A program in Washington D.C., Baltimore and Miami holds promise for low-income students, but going big with this reform carries its own risks.
The Michigan Legislature needs to get moving by passing critical reforms that will reverse the state’s declining performance
When political parties control who gets nominated for the state board of education and other policy offices, the candidates that emerge are too often the product of special interests.
There’s compelling evidence that investing in infants all the way through age eight brings disproportionately high returns.
Canadian officials overcome the Ambassador Bridge owner and the empty promises of Washington to get key economic project pushed through.
Gov. Snyder’s push to put more money in higher education and early education programs shows an interest in what’s best for Michigan over the long haul.
States like Tennessee have shot past Michigan in student performance by setting long-term policy goals and sticking with them.
Our in-depth analysis goes even deeper this year because we’ve crunched student data in more grades than ever
Governor cuts through the clutter and inefficiency of government operations to envision a more ‘human-focused” future for Michigan residents
A recent study co-written by the Mackinac Center shows how Michigan lawmakers have larded the criminal code with thousands of (often arcane) offenses that many folks wouldn’t consider inherently wrong.
Plenty of evidence that gains in learning during a child’s development go right back to the day a baby is born.
Even at $5 million a year, hiring a big-name coach like Harbaugh – especially one the fan base thinks will walk on water – makes enormous sense when you consider ticket sales and Harbaugh’s professed interest in academics as well as football talent.
A cast of judges, lawyers and politicians united by a shared sense of responsibility helped usher the city through bankruptcy with remarkable speed.