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DeGrow, Ben; Klingler, Ronald – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2020
This publication marks the fourth edition of the Context and Performance (CAP) Report Card for Michigan elementary and middle schools, published every two years since 2013. The goal is to compare Michigan schools' relative performance by factoring in the role student poverty plays in affecting academic achievement. The CAP Report Card uses…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Educational Quality, Public Schools
DeGrow, Ben; Klingler, Ronald – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2019
The 2018 Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Report Card is the fourth edition in a series of analyses designed to measure high school performance. The first report was published in 2012 (ED541512) and was followed by analyses in 2014 (ED560065) and 2016 (ED588530). This report is a school-level assessment of academic performance…
Descriptors: Public Schools, High Schools, Academic Achievement, High School Students
DeGrow, Ben – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2019
Seven years ago, Highland Park Schools went through a highly publicized period of turmoil and organizational upheaval. The troubled time for that Detroit-area district was brought on by a steep drop in enrollment and the deep financial crisis that followed. By contrast, the district's newest upheaval is rooted less in obvious signs of distress…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Administration, School Districts, Urban Schools
Estelle, Sarah – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2019
This report provides a survey of existing workforce development efforts in Michigan, both public and private. It includes a review of career and technical education provided by K-12 school districts, occupational training programs provided through community colleges, as well as job training offered by for-profit entities, unions, industry…
Descriptors: Labor Force Development, Vocational Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Career Development
Hohman, James M.; Slasinski, Chase – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2019
Public school districts use private contractors to provide support services in an effort to save money, improve services and better prioritize district resources. The Mackinac Center has surveyed school districts about their use of contractors since 2001. This year's survey revealed that 69.7% of schools contract out for food, custodial or…
Descriptors: School Surveys, State Surveys, Privatization, Public Schools
Degrow, Ben – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2019
In Michigan's lower-income urban communities, where educational options are most heavily in demand, accessing the most suitable and desired schools is often limited by the availability and affordability of convenient transportation. Michigan could support low-income families' efforts to transport their children to better schools and boost these…
Descriptors: Student Mobility, Access to Education, Family Programs, School Choice
Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2018
This report highlights the results of a survey of nearly 1,500 parents of charter school students in Michigan. Charter schools are state-funded, tuition-free schools of choice, authorized by public agencies such as universities and community colleges. The survey asks parents questions concerning their satisfaction with charter schools, why they…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Parent Attitudes, Satisfaction, School Choice
DeGrow, Ben; Klingler, Ronald – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2018
This report represents the third in a series designed to measure the academic performance of Michigan elementary and middle schools, and the first of the series to use results from the M-STEP assessment. Similar report cards were published in 2013 (ED560064) and 2015 (ED568656), based on different but overlapping years of scores on the defunct…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Educational Quality, Public Schools
DeAngelis, Corey; DeGrow, Ben – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2018
The appointment of Betsy DeVos as education secretary of the United States has led to much debate across the nation about public charter schools. Opponents of charter schools typically argue that these schools fail if their average standardized test scores do not exceed those of traditional, district-run schools. These types of comparisons,…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Benefits, School Effectiveness, Cost Effectiveness
Hohman, James M.; Slasinski, Chase – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2018
Michigan's public school districts are government entities that occasionally use private contractors to provide them with support services. The 2018 privatization survey found that 70.5 percent of Michigan's school districts -- 380 of the 539 districts in the state -- contract out for food, custodial or transportation services. This is a slight…
Descriptors: School Surveys, State Surveys, Privatization, Public Schools
DeGrow, Ben – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2017
Nearly one in four Michigan public school students attended a different public school than the one assigned to them based on their home address, according to a 2016 MLive analysis of state data. Specifically, 13 percent attended a conventional school district outside their home boundaries through Michigan's Schools of Choice program and another 10…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Choice, Parent Attitudes, Educational Quality
DeGrow, Ben; Klingler, Ronald – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2017
The 2016 Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Report Card is the third edition in a series of analyses designed to measure high school performance. The first report was published in 2012 (ED541512) and was followed by a 2014 analysis (ED560065). This report is a school-level assessment of academic performance based on a four-year…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, High Schools, High School Students, Standardized Tests
DeGrow, Ben – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2017
Discussions about school funding can create more confusion than clarity. Each state has its own intricacies and peculiarities. Michigan is no exception. Funding flows down from different sources, often based on different formulas and intended for different purposes. There's no one unified system that controls school funding -- rather, schools rely…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Taxes, Grants, School Districts
Hohman, James M.; Cammenga, Janelle – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2017
In 2001, contracting out for school support services by Michigan school districts was a rare practice. Less than one in three districts used private providers for food, custodial or transportation services. Today, 16 years later, the tables have completely turned: it is more unusual to find a district that does not outsource at least one of these…
Descriptors: School Surveys, State Surveys, Privatization, Public Schools
Hohman, James M.; Cammenga, Janelle – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2016
Public school districts are government entities, but they rely on the private sector to support their function of delivering educational services to students. Private contractors, for example, construct district buildings, write textbooks and manufacture the supplies necessary to keep the district operational, among other things. And over the past…
Descriptors: School Surveys, State Surveys, Privatization, Public Schools
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