ERIC Number: ED201654
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb-24
Reference Count: 0
Michigan Education in the 80's.
Runkel, Phillip E.
The social, economic, and political conditions that exist in Michigan are outlined in an attempt to predict what effect these conditions will have on the future of the state's public education system. Accompanying the depressed economic status of Michigan's automobile industry and the state's declining school enrollments, numerous cutbacks have already been made in public educational proposals, programs and personnel. School buildings are closing, teachers are being pink-slipped, and traditional school revenue sources are drying up. Bus transportation is being curtailed in some districts. One district has begun the practice of charging a fee for participation in the school varsity sports program. Special education programs are suggested to be cut. The problems and issues that face Michigan today will not be solved or resolved overnight. Severe economic restrictions demand answers to the following questions: (1) what programs are to be cut; (2) what programs are the most cost-efficient; (3) what programs are the most effective; and (4) what programs can be consolidated or combined for greater effectiveness. These questions must be answered while keeping in mind the state's demographic changes and trends, its labor force changes, and the demands of the new "technological revolution." (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Michigan School Testing Conference (21st, Ann Arbor, MI, February 24, 1981).