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Steve Delie – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2024
The tables have turned on Michigan's public school boards and other school officials. As a result of changes to the state's labor law in 2023, school districts face the risk of losing some authority to determine who should be teaching in their classrooms. Teachers unions are empowered once again to demand districts treat teachers as if they are…
Descriptors: Collective Bargaining, School Districts, Public School Teachers, Teacher Placement
DeGrow, Ben – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2022
For more than a quarter century, Michigan public schools have been financed under a structure commonly known as Proposal A. This funding system's greater dependence on using state revenue to finance an enrollment-based funding formula has led to greater parity among districts over time and fueled more publicly supported schooling options for…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Public Schools, Funding Formulas, School Districts
DeGrow, Ben; Lueken, Martin – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2022
The Michigan Legislature passed legislation in October 2021 to create the Student Opportunity Scholarship Program, which would give thousands of families across the state more spending power to help meet their children's educational needs. This report unpacks this proposed education savings account program and analyzes its potential fiscal impacts.
Descriptors: Scholarships, State Legislation, Educational Finance, Tax Credits
Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2022
This report argues that the Michigan state constitution's "Blaine Amendment," a provision which prevents parents from drawing on state funding to go outside the public school system, is superseded by the United States Supreme Court's 2020 ruling in the case Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. The report discusses a legislative…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, State Legislation, Constitutional Law, State Action
DeGrow, Ben – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2021
This report explains how Michigan could pursue a flexible funding program that would give learners greater agency, especially for middle-school and secondary students and their families. Charting a path to complete a diploma, every student would be allowed to use a portion of their per-pupil allotment to "purchase" courses from schools…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Finance, Online Courses, Conventional Instruction
DeGrow, Ben – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2021
Governor Whitmer's April 2020 decision to extend the shutdown of school buildings through the remainder of the academic year came with a guarantee to preserve districts' 2019-2020 funding levels, provided they met a few basic conditions. One condition was to continue paying all district employees, even if staff members needed to be redeployed to…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing, Public Schools
Hohman, James M.; Minor, Hank – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2020
This is the 18th edition of the Mackinac Center's annual school privatization survey. The Center asks every school district in the state if they outsource one of the three main noninstructional services -- custodial, transportation and food services. Responses from officials in all 539 public school districts between June 2 and September 24 were…
Descriptors: School Surveys, Privatization, School Districts, Educational Resources
Van Beek, Michael; DeGrow, Ben – Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2020
This paper offers a critical review of a report published in March by the Citizens Research Council of Michigan titled "Improving Oversight of Michigan Charter Schools and Their Authorizers." The report argues that charter schools and charter school authorizers need more oversight. Making the case for this position might include…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Administration, Educational Policy, Generalization
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
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
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