Tag: Michigan and school choice

Michigan businessman brings military-style STEM instruction to new charter school

A new charter school seeks to capitalize on its proximity to the shores of Lake Michigan as it works to raise critically low math and reading rates. Muskegon Maritime Academy will open Sept. 6 in a former district elementary school to students in kindergarten through fifth grade, offering water education[Read More…]

Michigan petition drive files more than half-million signatures for scholarship proposal

Backers of the Let MI Kids Learn petition drive, launched to establish a program in Michigan that would allow donors to contribute to a private scholarship fund and receive tax credits, say there are more than 520,000 signatures on the document filed Wednesday with the Bureau of Elections. The group,[Read More…]

Getting a fuller picture of education choice

Editor’s note: This commentary from Ben DeGrow, director of education policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy based in Michigan, appeared Monday on the center’s website. There is an understandable challenge in writing about Michigan’s attempt to expand parental choice in education. Until recently, journalists who cover state issues[Read More…]

Michigan education ballot initiative to miss Wednesday signature deadline

Editor’s note: This article appeared Wednesday on detroitnews.com. To read more about the Let MI Kids Learn initiative, click here. A ballot initiative creating a tax-incentivized scholarship program that could be used for private school tuition plans to continue collecting signatures in the coming weeks, missing a Wednesday deadline that[Read More…]

New research unpacks Michigan’s proposed education savings account program

Michigan’s tax-credit-funded education savings account program could save state and local governments as much as $386 million a year, according to new research from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. The paper, “Michigan Student Opportunity Scholarships, Overview and Fiscal Analysis,” by Ben DeGrow and Marty Lueken, provides several estimates relating[Read More…]

Give lower-income families true choices

Editor’s note: This article from Ben DeGrow, director of education policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, appeared Thursday on the center’s website. The evidence is in: Demand for private school enrollment is growing in Michigan, reversing a years-long trend. For those concerned that this trend might worsen educational[Read More…]

Michigan advocates seek constitutional remedy for governor’s veto on education choice bills

Two vetoed bills that would empower education-minded families for the first time in Michigan’s history are getting another chance to become law, thanks to a provision in the state constitution. Michigan’s Republican-controlled legislature approved the bills last year that would have established an education savings account program to offer choice[Read More…]

The new politics of school choice

Editor’s note: This article appeared last week on nationalreview.com. Jessica Bagos is the kind of mom who may be on the verge of transforming K–12 education. “I grew up in public schools, and I’ve always been a proponent of the public-school system,” she says. Then came the COVID9 lockdowns. The[Read More…]