A crisis isn’t a time to think small. Michigan should revamp its education system, from child care to universities.
March 30, 2020 | John Austin
"Should our life and politics ever return to 'normal', it must be a newly urgent undertaking for our leaders to focus squarely on tangible plans to create more better- paying, new jobs" in our communities.
President Trump cut off one of Michigan’s only sources of population growth — resettlement — but pure outrage and righteousness directed at his stance on immigrants can be polarizing.
December 11, 2018 | John Austin
Michigan voters elected Gretchen Whitmer, and she shouldn’t have her hands tied by outgoing Republicans, says the former president of the State Board of Education.
September 27, 2018 | John Austin
Candidates for governor have laid out plans for turning around Michigan’s failing schools. But only one has a plan that could succeed, argues the former Democratic president of the Michigan State Board of Education.
August 15, 2018 | John Austin
The magic of the Great Lakes and freshwater coast may be one of the few things more powerful than today’s polarized politics
March 27, 2018 | John Austin
The Trump infrastructure plan reminds Michigan that many local governments can’t self-finance their own renewal
January 11, 2018 | John Austin
In every fast growing sector linked to solving the world’s big challenges, Michigan has the expertise to show the way.
October 31, 2017 | John Austin
We know how to improve our public schools; the governor’s education commission and numerous studies provide the blueprint. What we need from state leaders is the political will.
August 25, 2017 | John Austin
Don’t get smug about events in Charlottesville, not when Michigan residents marched with white nationalists, and our racial history is as rancorous as the South’s.
July 13, 2017 | John Austin
Cities with modern, diverse economies outpace places that are less-well-educated and more dependent in manufacturing.
April 7, 2015 | John Austin
With our rich water history, fantastic coastal properties, and the tremendous innovation horsepower among our companies, colleges, and people – the Blue Economy is Michigan’s economic sweet spot.