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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
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, 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
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