Worth watching

Great You Tube video from Richard Reeves of the Brookings Institution entitled: "Is America Dreaming?: Understanding Social Mobility" Highly recommended! Using legos and in less than four minutes he lays out the basic realities that America is moving farther and…

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Education and inequality

We have written frequently on the correlation between college attainment and both income and employment. It is now the best predictor of  both. (See data in this previous post.) Education attainment is also a––if not the–major cause of rising income…

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Lessons from D.C. and Portland

Recent articles about Washington D.C. and Portland Oregon once again highlight the essential role that education attainment is playing in defining what places are doing best in post Great Recession America. You can find the D.C. story in a New York…

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Massachusetts as the model

Terrific Slate article entitled Don’t Mess with Massachusetts: It may be everyone’s punching bag, but it’s time to face facts: The Bay State is best. You read that right!  Massachusetts as the state we should want to be like. How can…

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The good and the bad on higher education

Mixed news to say the least on making higher education a priority in Michigan. In a world where increasingly the most prosperous individuals and communities are characterized by college attainment, how we view our community colleges and universities matters a…

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Progress on public investments?

Finally some good news on the public investment front. As you know, our research has led us to believe that public investments in preparing, retaining and attracting talent are the key to positioning Michigan and its citizens for prosperity in…

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Snyder on talent

Governor Snyder’s special message on talent is quite remarkable. The fact that there was a special message – reserved for only the state’s top priorities – on talent is noteworthy in and of itself. Believe me talent never before has…

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