The New White Flight?

Real interesting article at Yahoo.com about a new Brookings Institution study. Its title: White flight? Suburbs lose young whites to cities. That it's even possible that whites are moving into, rather than out of, central cities will come as a huge shock…

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Is Richard Florida Right?

Thought provoking article in the American Prospect about the work of Richard Florida. It is critical of him on a variety of fronts, but particularly his selling his ideas in speeches and consulting to many small to mid size cities…

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Michigan Future Schools Jobs

Michigan Future Schools – our high school accelerator – is now hiring its first two professional. You can find details here. More than anything else we are looking for staff that know what is involved in operating a high quality…

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State Board of Ed Leading

Our politics are characterized by hyper partisanship and an unwillingness to tackle the big issues. So at a time when leadership matters most, we get inaction. There is some good news. The State Board of Education – on a bipartisan…

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The New Face of Economic Growth

Don Grimes and I are working on the latest update of the Michigan's Transition to a Knowledge-Based Economy report. It will be out in May. It will once again tell the story that Michigan's decline compared to the nation is…

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Welcoming to All

Good article in the New York Times about how high skill immigrants are major contributors to economic growth. It cites a study they commissioned to look at the role immigrants have played on economic growth since 1990 in the twenty…

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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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