School experts wrestle with choice, early ed policies (with video)

A capacity audience of parents and education leaders turned out for a televised townhall in Wixom Wednesday, co-hosted by the Center for Michigan and Detroit Public Television.

The agenda of the session was to review and analyze the findings in CFM's latest report, “The Public’s Agenda for Public Education: How Michigan citizens want to improve student learning.”

"This is as vital as roads, sewer, water. This creates our michigan.Unlike building a bridge ... this is not a quick fix. .. This is a long-range investment," said Pat Convery, president of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce in response to the report's finding of broad public support for early childhood investments.

In a second panel discussion on school choice options, Tyrone Winfrey of the Educational Achievement Authority running Detroit schools said, "Look at our university system, people come from all over the world to come to it. ... we are competitive. We should ahve that same kind of competition in the K-12 system."

A video of the entire session is available on-demand below. (An alternative link to the video can be found at http://thecenterformichigan.net/articles/events/ .)

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