Does Economic Development Work?

Interesting article by Rick Haglund in Dome Magazine. Its a brief history of the state's economic development efforts from Milliken to Granholm. What struck me most in reading the article is how little we got for all the time and resources we spent trying to grow and diversify the state's economy. The pattern that the Michigan economy is driven by…

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Apple

Interesting Business Week article on the just ended decade. Like everyone else they think it was awful. But point out that in terms of the economy maybe the brightest light was Apple. Hard to argue with that assessment. From what many believe was permanent decline at the start of the decade to iTunes, iPod, iPhone and reinvigoration of the iMac,…

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Transforming Education IV

In writing the three previous Transforming Education posts – in the pursuit of being brief (apparently the rule for blogs) – I have skipped topics I think are important. So here in summary form are my thoughts on some other topics that are part of designing a k-12 system that increases the number of high quality schools (without regard to…

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Transforming Education: Policy Framework

In my last post I suggested that all schools should be held accountable for a "every student meets a without remediation at the next level " standard. That leads to the question “what levers do we have to make that happen as quickly as possible? My answer: close chronically failing schools and grant the ability to open new schools only…

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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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