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Opinion | Michigan must fix school funding model for students to shine

April 22, 2019 | Padma Kuppa

As an immigrant and a legislator, Padma Kuppa writes that she knows the value of an education, and Michigan needs to invest more.

Opinion| Michigan schools need a fairer funding model for all students

April 11, 2019 | Randy Liepa

One of the five candidates in the running to become the next Michigan State Superintendent explains why he backs a study calling for more education funding.

Opinion | Calm down, Michigan, the sky isn’t falling, nor is school funding

March 20, 2019 | Ben DeGrow

Michigan Sen. Dayna Polehanki, D-Livonia, penned a guest commentary questioning the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s views on school funding. Here’s the Mackinac Center’s response.

Opinion | Don’t believe the hype – Michigan school funding is down, not up

March 8, 2019 | Dayna Polehanki

Dayna Polehanki was a school teacher before becoming a state senator, and she argues that Republicans are being disingenuous when they say education funding is at an all-time high.

Opinion | No teacher shortage yet in Michigan, but the talent pipeline is leaking

February 18, 2019 | Eric Lupher

Fewer college students are considering careers in teaching, and new teachers flee the profession at a high rate. Michigan needs to address those issues.

Opinion | Maryland invests in schools. Michigan doesn’t. Maryland thrives.

February 11, 2019 | Brad Lyman

Brad Lyman grew up in public schools in Michigan and taught in schools in Maryland. One state invested in its children, and one didn’t.

Opinion | College students shouldn’t have to choose between tuition and food

January 18, 2019 | Carmel Price, Natalie Sampson

Students across Michigan now rely on campus food pantries. Worrying about your next meal is not what college is supposed to be about.

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 | Michigan needs more post-high school education, says state superintendent

September 27, 2018 | Sheila Alles

More high school grads are earning degrees and certificates, but we’re still below the national average.

Opinion | Michigan is in the midst of a literacy crisis

July 31, 2018 | Tamara Bashore-Berg

Our children can’t succeed if they can’t read. It’s time we do something about it.

Opinion | Charter schools have done more harm than good in Michigan.

July 26, 2018 | Mitchell Robinson

An MSU education professor bemoans the influence of charter school operators in Michigan. The direction of public education is a battle worth having.  

Opinion | No mystery why Michigan professionals don’t go into education

June 20, 2018 | Ken Winter

Little pay and no respect aren’t good selling points for professionals who could teach college courses, exposing students to the real world.

Michigan’s top teacher on Betsy DeVos, school shootings and testing

June 13, 2018 | Ron French

Luke Wilcox isn’t shy about sharing his opinions, with Bridge Magazine or the U.S. Secretary of Education

What Michigan schools can learn from craft beer

June 13, 2018 | Ron French

To turn around Michigan schools, stop trying to produce Budweiser, and brew more Oberon. That’s the TED Talk message (without the actual alcohol) of Michigan’s Teacher of the Year.

Opinion | Demand that candidates explain their plan for Michigan schools

June 12, 2018 | Jack Smith

Don’t let politicians get away with generic statements about improving schools, says MSU professor Jack Smith.

Opinion | A librarian in every Michigan school? Lawmakers make the case

June 5, 2018 | Adam Zemke, Darrin Camilleri, Christine Greig

Almost as endangered today as the northern white rhino, school librarians may be making a comeback, if three legislators have their way.

Opinion | Take a breath: Michigan schools’ tests scores aren’t as bad as you think

June 1, 2018 | Ron Koehler, Sunil Joy

You’ve read the doom-and-gloom stories. But they fail to point out how well many Michigan students are doing.

Opinion | Michigan reform bills will hurt teacher education programs

June 1, 2018 | Mitchell Robinson

Mitchell Robinson understands the desire to try things to improve Michigan schools. But he believes a package of bills addressing teacher education do more harm than good.

Opinion | Don’t punish schools because Johnny can’t read. Invest in them instead.

May 10, 2018 | Nancy Flanagan

A former Michigan Teacher of the Year reminds us that we’ve long worried about how well our children read, but we keep ignoring the real solutions

Opinion | Want to improve literacy in Michigan? Restore school librarians

May 1, 2018 | Kathy Lester

As the number of school librarians dropped, so did Michigan’s literacy rank. One school librarian doesn’t think that’s a coincidence.

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