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    Obama Speaks Out on Education

    Erica Weiss

    On March 10, 2009 President Obama addressed several concerns regarding education. In his speech he addressed three main issues. He spoke out in favor of merit pay for rewarding excellence in teaching, removing the limit on charter schools and urging for a longer school day and school year. The speech he gave ...

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    Proposal A: Dynamic Change in School Funding

    Erica Weiss

    In 1994 Michigan fundamentally changed how public schools were funded. In a joint effort by the Michigan Legislature and Governor John Enlger, Proposal A was developed and placed on the 1994 Michigan ballot. The overarching goal of the proposal was to address the concerns of school quality across districts in the ...

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    Governor Rick Snyder's Special Address on Education

    Andrew Revard

    In a special message to the Michigan Legislature on education policy, Governor Rick Snyder entreated the state to transform its education system. He noted that Michigan is underachieving in its education outcomes and hailed an improved education system as integral to Michigan's future. In the message Snyder delineated his reform proposal. ...

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    Effectiveness of Anti-Bullying Legislation and Michigan's Renewed Effo …

    Andrew Revard

    Over the preceding decade, Michigan lawmakers have made multiple attempts to pass anti-bullying legislation. To the chagrin of advocates of anti-bullying legislation, each attempt has ended in failure. Because of this Michigan remains one of only five states not to have passed anti-bullying legislation; granted, Michigan's State Board of Education recommends that ...

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    Michigan’s Public Policy Reaction to The Race to the Top

    Kari Boyd

    When Congress passed the stimulus package early last year, they included 54 billion dollars for education, 4.3 billion of which was to be distributed to the states who "won" the program, deemed "The Race to the Top" (RttT) in two phases, the first of which was to end in April 2010 ...

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    The Correlation Between K-12 Education Funding and Education Outcomes …

    Andrew Revard

    Of the myriad criteria used to determine the efficacy of a K-12 education system, high school graduation rates seemingly receive the most attention. Graduation rates are assiduously examined to assess the success of an education system. Thus, identifying the trend in U.S. graduation rates is useful in determining the success of ...

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    Potential Effects of Final State Education Cuts

    Janee Prince

    On Thursday, May 26, 2011, lawmakers in Lansing finalized the budget for the 2012 fiscal year, and in turn the highly controversial education cuts. Legislators agreed to approximately $564 million in overall cuts from the School Aid K-12 budget as well as cuts from post-secondary education affecting many school districts immensely. ...

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    Michigan Board of Education Offers Education Reform Recommendations to …

    Andrew Revard

    The Michigan State Board of Education passed a myriad of reform recommendations this week. The recommendations, entitled the Education Improvement and Reform Priorities - Recommendations to Governor Snyder and the Legislature , received bipartisan, unanimous support from the Board. The recommendations were passed in anticipation of Governor Snyder's planned special ...

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