Michigan should fund students directly

Jul 23, 2019 by

Just over a year ago, Launch Michigan, an “unprecedented group of business, education, labor, philanthropy, and state and community leaders joined forces to become a top-10 education state,” so reads their press release from June 20, 2018.  What have they done to improve education in the last twelve months?

Nothing.

They’re still talking. Bill Miller, executive director of the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators, who is part of the initiative, says “the public will have to wait another six months to see what policies Launch Michigan will actually recommend. It’s cooking, but it’s not ready.” It must be some feast they’re preparing. No doubt expensive, too.

An echo chamber advice group recently suggested we need less talk and more action on reform, calling for a new leader and a single organization focused on “teachers, equitable funding, governance and charter schools.”  Recommendations like these, while sometimes on the mark, speak to a system that is antiquated and incapable of delivering on the promises we seek.

Source: Opinion: Michigan should fund students directly

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