Category Archives : Michigan Schools

Ideas to Transform Michigan Schools


Another bottom ten ranking for Michigan

Education Week has just released its 2015 Quality Counts state report card. Overall Michigan ranks 32nd with a grade of C-. On K-12 education attainment Michigan ranks 42nd with a grade of D. Massachusetts is ranked first overall and in K-12 education. (For more on the differences between Michigan and Massachusetts see my previous post […]


New Michigan Future Schools report 2

Michigan Future Schools–-our Detroit high school initiative––has just released a report on improving college completion. Written by Patrick Cooney, our College Success Manager. Entitled “Increasing  College  Graduation  Rates  for Low-­‐Income,  Minority,  and  First-­‐Gen  Students: Lessons  Learned  from  4  Colleges  That  Are  Doing  the  Work.” You can download a copy of the report here. College completion […]


Employers solving labor shortages

Governor Snyder has made solving the so-called skilled trades shortages one of, if not, the top state economic growth priorities. He wants the education and training system to emphasize far more than today preparing students and adult job seekers for those jobs. A far more effective lever to solve labor shortages in any occupation or […]


New realities video

The core belief of Michigan Future is that because of globalization and technology, what made us prosperous in the past, won’t in the future. And that Michigan has gone from one of the most prosperous places on the planet for most of the 20th Century to one of the country’s poorest states today because we […]


Higher wages cure labor shortages 1

Corporate and political leadership continue to complain about the inability to find workers in the skilled trades/mid-skill jobs. Their solution is to go back to tracking kids––almost certainly others, not theirs––into vocational programs. One problem: if there are labor shortages, and many doubt there is, the prime cause is not an education system that over […]


Needed: new state education policy

As we explored previously Michigan has lousy k-12 student outcomes and is making little progress if at all. A recipe for long term economic decline. The state which has the best student outcomes is Massachusetts. Massachusetts k-12 policy was put in place in the early 1990s on a bi-partisan basis and has been continued without much […]


Not so rewarding technical training 2

Increasingly the story we are being told about the economy is that there are too many people with four-year degrees and not enough with training for mid-skill jobs. Needing something like an associates degree with an occupational major or occupational certificate. And increasingly we are also being told that getting a four-year degree in a […]


In demand: those with four year degrees or more 4

MLive reports that: “College graduates are entering the most robust job market in more than a decade, according to an annual survey completed by Michigan State University (MSU). A survey from MSU’s College Employment Research Institute found that after several years of small gains, hiring for 2014-2015 is expected to jump 16 percent for new […]


Michigan in the bottom ten 4

No matter who wins next week’s elections for Governor and the state legislature those elected will be taking over a state economy that is a national laggard. The best evidence of that reality comes from the recent release by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis of 2013 state per capita income data. They report that […]