Tom Watkins


Opinion | Advice for the new Michigan superintendent, from a former one

June 3, 2019 | Tom Watkins

Former state superintendent Tom Watkins offers some words of wisdom to Michael Rice, who’ll take over as Michigan’s school chief in July.

Opinion | Michigan’s next governor must lead, not follow special interests

October 8, 2018 | Tom Watkins

The next governor has an opportunity – and a responsibility – to address problems that have festered for decades in our polarized politics

Opinion | Will China’s rise come at our demise?

June 26, 2018 | Tom Watkins

If the U.S. and Michigan don’t invest more in education, infrastructure and technology soon, China will own the next century, says Michigan’s former schools superintendent

The future of work in Michigan

March 13, 2018 | Tom Watkins

Leaders who promise manufacturing will provide full employment for unskilled laborers are not serving our state or nation well. Sticking your head in the sand would be a better strategy.

Former House Speaker’s alcohol battle carries lessons

July 24, 2015 | Tom Watkins

Craig DeRoche was one of Michigan’s most powerful legislative voices before drinking derailed his life. His recovery, chronicled in a new book, shows he still has contributions to offer.

Twenty-six plus nine, plus how many more? Gun violence must be addressed

June 19, 2015 | Tom Watkins

With every new rampage, we say the carnage has to stop. And yet, it goes on. Will we ever find the will to take the steps needed to finally curb it?

Gov. Snyder gets it right on early childhood education

June 11, 2015 | Tom Watkins

Investing money in programs to boost infants and young children will pay education and economic dividends for Michigan’s future.

In the wake of Baltimore burning, a question: What Would Our Leaders Do (WWOLD)?

May 5, 2015 | Tom Watkins

The flashpoint in West Baltimore may have passed-- but the problems and mounting community frustration in cities across Michigan and America remain.

Forget traditional schools vs. charters; quality must grace all schools

May 8, 2014 | Tom Watkins

Stop the ideological fights in Lansing and place the focus on appropriate oversight and quality education regardless of its source.