These draconian policies leave no room for discretion, extenuating circumstances or, for that matter, common sense.
The annual Kids Count Data Book shows the state is moving in the wrong direction on too many key indicators predicting a successful future. Bright spots? Some.
One’s family was homeless, another a refugee, and a third melded academics and sports into an already-flowering career. Not a bad start for teenagers.
The leader of a small-business group says we need to re-figure the money problem in Michigan.
A West Michigan civic group argues for an end to rote memorization, and more focus on early childhood education, promoting kids based on competence rather than the calendar, and reforming how teachers are trained.
It seems like common sense: Make sure students know their material before being promoted to the next grade. But many factors keep it from working. We need to fix that.
It’s of utmost importance that we get education right, if we’re going to move the state forward. Policy and funding are only the most important pieces.
C----- C--- is the standard-which-must-not-be-named, but we still need agreement on what students need to learn in Michigan. And we need to keep them in place long enough to know whether they actually work.
The $20 million competition Gov. Rick Snyder proposed in his 2018 budget recommendation is modeled after a similar program in 2015 for community colleges that his administration said led to 91 new or expanded career-tech programs at 18 schools.
Early middle college programs may be one answer to boosting the state’s college-attainment numbers.
Michigan school finance needs rethinking if schools are to thrive. Another study, funded in part by the Small Business Association, will help clarify how.