K-12 education

Education reform: It’s gonna hurt

As readers of Bridge and supporters of the Center for Michigan know, the Center is spending the next year hosting conversations around the state about K-12 education and how citizens can improve it. Without doubt, it is vital to get more citizens […]

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Join school forums in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Dearborn

Michigan will spend nearly $13 billion out of its School Aid Fund for the coming year. Most of that money will go to public schools across the state. Is Michigan getting the most it can out of the school investment? The Center […]

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Education talk slated for Grand Rapids on July 25

Gov. Rick Snyder has detailed a veteran Lansing lawyer and political adviser to lead a reconsideration of how the state funds public schools, it was announced Tuesday. Panel leader Richard McLellan says public hearings in coming months will gather comment from citizens […]

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Talk school stuff in Grand Rapids, East Lansing, Brighton

Michiganians in Grand Rapids, East Lansing and Brighton have opportunities in August to discuss K-12 education and reform in as part of the Center or Michigan’s ongoing townhall series on the topic: WHEN: Aug. 15, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Option […]

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Listening series on schools makes stops in Detroit, Flint

Michiganians in Detroit and Flint have opportunities next week to discuss K-12 education and reform as part of the Center for Michigan’s ongoing townhall series on the topic: WHEN: Aug. 21, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, 1211 […]

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Guest column: It’s time to stop distorting truth about Common Core

By David Musselwhite/Michigan PTA The Common Core, a comprehensive set of internationally-benchmarked and comprehensive K-12 standards in mathematics and English Language Arts, has fallen prey to exaggerated and dishonest criticism from educators and Washington think tanks. It isn’t difficult to find naysayers who […]

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Guest column: Schools need help to better support and evaluate teachers

By Amber Arellano/Education Trust-Midwest Students in Michigan are increasingly falling behind their peers in other states, including states that are making major investments in their teachers. Michigan, meanwhile, has struggled to develop its teachers. A report by my organization, the nonprofit Education […]

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Helping teachers improve will help students learn, education group argues

Amber Arellano is the executive director of Education Trust-Midwest, Michigan’s only statewide, nonpartisan advocacy and research organization focused solely on education. Arellano has testified before legislative committees on a variety of education-related bills, and is a strong believer in using data to […]

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State Champs: See how your local district ranks

Fifty-two Michigan public school districts and charters were named Academic State Champions for the 2011-12 school year. Winners were drawn from a database created by Bridge Magazine and Public Sector Consultants of traditional public school districts and charter schools offering kindergarten through […]

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Presenting Bridge’s Academic State Champs 2012

Fifty-two school districts and charter schools across the state were named 2012 Academic State Champs by Bridge Magazine by finishing in the top 10 of at least one Value-Added Matrix ranking. By finishing in the top 10, these schools were in the […]

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Message sent: Fix schools, send us the bill

Michigan residents want better schools — and they think the state will have to spend more to get them. That’s among the findings of the largest effort ever to collect and analyze public opinion on K-12 education in Michigan. More than 7,500 […]

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Public wants to help teachers improve

The best way to improve schools is to improve the skills of the person standing in the front of Michigan classrooms. Teaching teachers to do their jobs better is the education reform Michigan residents believe will most improve our schools, according to […]

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Grading teachers proves harder than thought

An annual performance review — in which duties, accomplishments and expectations are weighed against a set of standards — is a rite of passage for most Michiganians. And it’s easy to do for, say, a car salesman. How many cars you sell? […]

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On parents, better to coax or coerce?

Ask Sally Wiggins to describe her role in her daughters’ education, and she starts at the beginning. “My pregnancies were intentional,” she said, embarked upon after her marriage had proven stable over a period of years. Her prenatal care was top-notch; Wiggins, […]

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Survey says: CFM report details public education agenda

Observing the course of education reform in Michigan – and the mounting information that many of Michigan’s children were not being properly prepared for a 21st century world, leaders at the Center for Michigan, a nonprofit, nonpartisan “think-and-do tank” in Ann Arbor […]

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Report on Michigan schools should be start of statewide discussion on reform

News flash: Michigan residents want better schools, expanded early childhood programs and more support and more accountability for teachers. And they’re willing to pay more to get them. These are among the findings from the largest effort ever made to gather and […]

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Survey says: CFM report details public education agenda

Observing the course of education reform in Michigan – and the mounting information that many of Michigan’s children were not being properly prepared for a 21st century world, leaders at the Center for Michigan, a nonprofit, nonpartisan “think-and-do tank” in Ann Arbor […]

Read Derek Melot's article

Message sent: Fix schools, send us the bill

Michigan residents want better schools — and they think the state will have to spend more to get them. That’s among the findings of the largest effort ever to collect and analyze public opinion on K-12 education in Michigan. More than 7,500 […]

Read Ron French's article

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