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An Issue to Re-Unite Us

An Issue to Re-Unite Us

By Jessica Landgraf We have hit the one-week post-election milestone. As the dust begins to settle, and more letters of condemnation roll in, we need to step back and think about the effects of this election on our youngest citizens. Children Are Our Mirrors As we can all attest anecdotally, children are sponges, soaking up… Read More »

Just Answer Yes or No: State Ballot Proposals and Making Education Policy by Direct Democracy

Just Answer Yes or No: State Ballot Proposals and Making Education Policy by Direct Democracy

By Dirk Zuschlag Citizens last week voted yes or no on scores of statewide proposals, including seventeen in California. The nine measures in seven states that concerned education policy fall into two distinct categories: proposals affecting education funding and proposals affecting education governance. Proposals Affecting Education Funding Six proposals sought new or enhanced sources of… Read More »

What Will A Donald Trump Presidency Mean for Public Education in the U.S.?

By Nancy Duchesneau Education has not been at the forefront of the general election this year, but it would be remiss to assume the new President-elect won’t have an impact on the 50 million students currently in prekindergarten through 12th grade. Despite a glaring lack of policy details provided throughout the campaign, Donald Trump has… Read More »

63 Candidates, 7 Seats: What’s at Stake for Detroit?

63 Candidates, 7 Seats: What’s at Stake for Detroit?

By Amy Auletto On November 8, Detroit voters will choose from 63 candidates to elect a new 7-seat Detroit Public Schools Community District Board of Education. This election cycle marks a major turning point for the district. On July 1, 2016, Detroit Public Schools split into two districts – Detroit Public Schools (DPS) and Detroit… Read More »

Filling the Void: Presidential Candidates’ Proposals for Education – Part 2

Filling the Void: Presidential Candidates’ Proposals for Education – Part 2

By Jessica Landgraf Following the debate this past Sunday, you may again be seeking some clarification on the candidates’ proposals on education. This week I will focus on proposals for higher education as well as illuminate some of the issues surrounding such proposals. Both candidates have put forth proposals for making college more affordable, either… Read More »

Voters Are Listening but Presidential Candidates Aren’t Talking

Voters Are Listening but Presidential Candidates Aren’t Talking

By Amy Auletto Recently, Communities in Schools and Public Opinion Strategies conducted a poll to see where voters stand on K-12 education. Results show that while an overwhelming majority of likely voters believes that improving K-12 education should be a priority for the next president, only one-third of them can recall the candidates discussing education… Read More »

Proposal 1 Fails: Implications for Michigan’s Schools

Proposal 1 Fails: Implications for Michigan’s Schools

By Rachel White The message sent by 1.7 million voters that entered ballot boxes across the state last week was loud and clear: voters rejected Proposal 1 by a 4-to-1 margin. The Proposal did not garner a majority of the votes in a single county in the state. While the central component of Proposal 1… Read More »

Distressed District, At-Risk, and Retirement Funding Among Items of Debate in the Upcoming State Budget Conferences

Distressed District, At-Risk, and Retirement Funding Among Items of Debate in the Upcoming State Budget Conferences

By Rachel White While Governor Snyder’s release of his Executive Budget Recommendations in early 2015 received significant attention, very little notice was paid to the release of the Senate and House of Representative’s budget proposals. Although the two houses in the legislative branch concurred with the Governor on many aspects of the proposed 2015-16 School… Read More »