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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
Spalding, Audrey; DeGrow, Ben – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2016
This is the Mackinac Center's fourth school report card and covers elementary and middle schools. A similar report card was published in 2013, and this edition includes two years' worth of new data. A unique characteristic of this report card is that takes into consideration the "context" of a school when assessing its performance.…
Descriptors: Achievement Rating, Educational Assessment, Regression (Statistics), Academic Achievement
White, Rachel; DeGrow, Ben – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2016
According to data collected by the state, Michigan has 601 private schools that enroll about 113,000 students--about 7 percent of all students in the state. All but 14 of Michigan's 84 counties have at least one private school operating within their boundaries. Despite the fact that private schools in Michigan are widespread, there is very little…
Descriptors: Private Education, Private Schools, State Surveys, Administrators
DeGrow, Ben; Hoang, Ed – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2016
What is the relationship between school spending and student achievement in Michigan? That is the question this paper attempts to answer. The bulk of the research on this question has typically shown that there is little correlation between spending and achievement, but it is possible that Michigan's public schools are an exception to this…
Descriptors: Correlation, Academic Achievement, Educational Finance, Regression (Statistics)
Spalding, Audrey – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2014
This study focuses on Public Act 103 of 2011, which made teacher evaluation, layoff policies and teacher placement prohibited subjects of bargaining, among other things. After surveying 200 Michigan school district collective bargaining agreements, this study finds that as many as 60 percent of districts could have collective bargaining agreements…
Descriptors: Unions, Contracts, Educational Change, Barriers
Hohman, James M.; Woodman, Zachary D. – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2014
In 2003, when it came to contracting out for common public school services, only outsourcing food provision could be considered a rather common occurrence in Michigan. There was good reason for this: school districts are prohibited from making a profit from their cafeteria, but any deficits created in providing food for students must be covered by…
Descriptors: Privatization, Public Schools, School Districts, Outsourcing
Hohman, James M.; Fryzelka, Evan E. – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2014
Many of Michigan's public school districts are under substantial fiscal pressures from a combination of declining enrollment and increasing costs, particularly related to employee benefits, but most districts are responding to these challenges. One of the ways that districts can stretch their resources further is through competitive contracting…
Descriptors: Privatization, Public Schools, School Districts, Outsourcing
Spalding, Audrey – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2014
The 2014 Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Report Card is the Mackinac Center's second effort to measure high school performance. The first high school assessment was published in 2012, followed by the Center's 2013 elementary and middle school report card, which used a similar methodology to evaluate school performance. The…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Rating, Comparative Analysis, Comparative Testing
Spalding, Audrey – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2014
This paper examines how public school districts responded to Michigan's 2012 "right-to-work" law. It describes the key findings from reviews of more than 500 teacher collective bargaining agreements. It also raises several questions about the legality of some union contracts with regard to this new law. Approximately 75 percent of…
Descriptors: Collective Bargaining, Contracts, Labor Legislation, State Legislation
Hohman, James M.; Kollmeyer, Josiah M. – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2013
Michigan's School Aid fund increased once more this year, but many school administrators in the state continue to hunt for effective measures to reduce spending due to increased pension costs and phased-out stimulus money. Many options available for trimming costs, such as enacting pay-to-play for sports, are extremely unpopular for districts and…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Opportunities, School Districts, Privatization
Spalding, Audrey – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2013
This brief examines the series of events that led to the Highland Park school district being converted to a system of charter public schools in 2012. Used as a strategy to help the district eliminate its large fiscal debt while still providing resident students with a local public school option, Highland Park's charter conversion is one of the…
Descriptors: School Districts, Charter Schools, Public Schools, Educational Finance
Van Beek, Michael – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2013
This study is an examination of Florida and Michigan's performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress's (NAEP) standardized test, often referred to as "the nation's report card." Immediately prior to and during Florida's immense improvement on these scores from the past 15 years, the state made substantial changes to its…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Educational Assessment, Achievement Rating, Educational Improvement
Spalding, Audrey – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2013
This study examines the use of Schools of Choice throughout Michigan over the last decade. Nearly 100,000 Michigan students use Schools of Choice to attend a school outside of the district in which they live. Participation has grown steadily, with enrollment growing by 144 percent over the past 10 years. This study finds that students enter…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Choice, Student Participation, Enrollment Rate
Van Beek, Michael – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2013
In this latest installment of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy's new "Schools of Innovation" series, we discuss how Berrien Springs school district is reinventing public school. This study examines how the district has become more racially diverse, enrollment is growing rapidly, and they are using that growth to inject some much…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Public Schools, School Districts, Student Diversity
Spalding, Audrey – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2013
The Michigan Context and Performance Report Card measures school performance by adjusting standardized test scores to account for student background. Comparing schools using unadjusted test scores ignores the significant relationship between academic performance and student socioeconomic background--a dynamic outside a school's control. The…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Regression (Statistics), Achievement Rating, Comparative Analysis
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