Transforming Education: Quality Standards

As bad as the current results are from our entire k-12 education system, I'm optimistic that we can get big gains in student achievement. My optimism is based on a decade of progress made by schools here and around the country in student achievement – primarily in new high quality urban schools. These are the students many thought high education…

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Transforming Education

If, as we and others have argued, education attainment is the key to economic success for both individuals and communities in a flattening world, how you improve education outcomes becomes a central question for community leaders and policymakers. We need big change. The current reality for Michigan is generally poor results. The best metric for how well our whole system…

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What Matters Most

Real interesting James Fallows article in the Atlantic. Its about how America gets out of the current mess we are in. Fallows brings a unique perspective, just returning after years living in China. Worth reading! Fallows makes the point that no matter how bad things appear today, the country still has the best assets to do well going forward. The…

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Rock Climbing

In a recent post I wrote about a Tom Friedman column that illustrates how globalization and technology are fundamentally and constantly changing the economy. Now comes a David Brooks column, also in the New York Times, that is quite insightful about how the economy keeps evolving. (Brooks, along with Friedman, are two of the people I read regularly to understand…

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Immigration and Economic Growth

Interesting study from the Fiscal Policy Institute on the role of immigrants in growing regional economies. They looked at the nation's twenty five largest metropolitan areas – including metro Detroit – and found that immigration spurs, rather than retards, economic growth. More specifically the growth in the immigration share of the labor force and growth in big metro economies, by…

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