Unlimited charters: still not smart

Every time I write about charter schools I feel a need to start with the reality that Michigan Future has been from the beginning a big supporter of charter schools. Currently our Michigan Future Schools initiative has funded and is working with nine new college prep high schools in Detroit. One is  a DPS school, the other eight are charters.…

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College educated Millennials winning

The Pew Research Center has just released a terrific new report entitled "The Rising Cost of Not Going to College". If you care about understanding the reality of today's economy for young adults this is a must read report. Using data from the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey (CPS) it makes clear that in terms of both employment and wages…

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Talent trumps low taxes again

Richard Florida in a recent Atlantic Cities article writes about a new study on what matters most in attracting entrepreneurs. The study done by Endeavor Insight can be found here. As Florida writes what attracts entrepreneurs is "...talented workers, and the quality of life that the educated and ambitious have come to expect – not the low-tax, favorable-regulation approach that…

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Not time for a celebration III

The Census Bureau released in September a report on poverty in American from 2000-2012. Not good news for the country. The poverty rate since 2000 has risen from 12.2 percent to 15.9 percent. The number of people living in poverty has increased from 33.3 to 48.8 million. The trends are worse in Michigan. The poverty rate since 2000 has risen…

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Not just STEM

I do a monthly post for the Grand Rapids Business Journal. Last month I wrote about the occupations and industries their latest 40 Under Forty worked in. Turns out these future leaders in West Michigan overwhelmingly don't work for manufacturers or are in STEM based occupations.  In fact, the nearly 150 nominees, at the undergraduate level, primarily have liberal arts…

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