Mississippi Lessons

Why spend so much time on Mississippi? Because Michigan needs to get on a new path. And one of the ways of identifying that path is to look at states that are doing well now and/or positioned to do well…

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Not Mississippi III

In a recent post the Mackinac Center argues that Mississippi should be a model for Michigan because it has a high per capita income growth rate. They specifically cite its performance over the most recent five years (2003-2008). Over that…

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Not Low Business Costs

I finally had the time to take a look at the annual competitiveness report published by Business Leaders for Michigan. The one that gets so much publicity because it shows Michigan has a cost of doing business 4% higher than…

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Right Brain Matters

Great column in AnnArbor.com by Tamara Real, the Executive Director of the Arts Alliance in Ann Arbor. Its about the value of arts education. Which as we all know is often first on the chopping block for k-12 schools. More…

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Not Mississippi II

In my last post I asked the question "do higher growth rates predict that Mississippi will have higher per capita income than Minnesota?"  I picked the two states because the Mackinac Center argues that, due to higher growth rates, Mississippi…

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Not Mississippi

In a series of columns the Mackinac Center asserts that Mississippi is a state that Michigan should use as model. One criticized a recent post I wrote in which I restated the core Michigan Future belief that what made Michigan…

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A Tale of Two Economies

Good article (with video interview of George Fulton) by Nathan Bomey at AnnArbor.com. Its called Education Chasm. Its the new reality we all need to adjust too. Using data from a new projection of Washtenaw County by UM's Fulton and…

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Improving College Graduation Rates III

So what are the specifics that higher education can learn from successful urban high schools to substantially improve student outcomes? By substantial improvement I mean something like the 90/90 that many urban high schools are now measured against. In the…

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Improving College Graduation Rates II

Received a thoughtful response from Mike Hansen – the terrific President of the Michigan Community College Association – on my improving college graduation rates post. Mike is a reformer, one who believes his members can serve students better and is…

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Worth Reading

When I committed to writing a blog twice a week I worried that I wouldn't have enough to write about. Boy was I wrong. The exact opposite has been the case. I keep putting aside articles that I want to…

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