I was a public-school Bart Simpson. I have zero tolerance for ‘zero tolerance.’

August 11, 2017 | Alex Rossman

These draconian policies leave no room for discretion, extenuating circumstances or, for that matter, common sense.

Kids count, but to judge from Michigan’s well-being data, not very much

July 7, 2017 | David McGhee

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. 

In a graduation sea of caps and gowns, three standouts who show value of education

June 9, 2017 | Barbara VanSweden

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.

Time for a fresh look at how we fund our public schools

April 21, 2017 | Rob Fowler

The leader of a small-business group says we need to re-figure the money problem in Michigan.

How to fix Michigan's outdated education system

April 4, 2017 | Jim Brooks

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. 

‘Competency-based’ learning should end social promotion of unprepared students

March 24, 2017 | Bill Sower

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.

Lesson one for Michigan schools: We’re doing it wrong

March 17, 2017 | Shaun Black

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.

Desperately seeking standards, or why we can’t copy and paste our way to school success

February 24, 2017 | Ron Koehler

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.

Snyder budget aims to put more tools in skilled-trades classrooms

February 13, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

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.

A solution to Michigan’s college graduation problem: Start sooner

February 10, 2017 | David Dugger

Early middle college programs may be one answer to boosting the state’s college-attainment numbers.

What does it really cost to educate students? Let’s take another stab at figuring it out.

January 23, 2017 | Gilda Jacobs, Rob Fowler

Michigan school finance needs rethinking if schools are to thrive. Another study, funded in part by the Small Business Association, will help clarify how.