The 13 year old No Child Left Behind school reform bill has been replaced. It has been replaced by a new law, signed by President Obama last Thursday. Certainly, one of the most contentious issues of the old bill was the Common Core. Is the new bill an improvement?
For the second time in 6 months, Governor Snyder outlined his plan to restructure the Detroit Public School system a week ago. The purpose is to help improve academic performance and to start paying down the more than half billion dollars in operating debt. The bailout deal for the city of Detroit made sense and […]
President Obama greatly expanded benefits of the college student loan program. It is expected that he will announce a new plan to provide free community college tuition for students. As a result of these actions have we in effect provided free college education and now community college education? What are the costs to the taxpayers? […]
I expect most people have seen the political ad criticizing Governor Snyder for cutting $1 billion from public education. And with that criticism comes Mark Schauer’s promise to spend more on public education. This is a common campaign issue, one that has surfaced in Florida, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Kansas and elsewhere. Is there a problem with […]
U.S. children score lower on standardized tests than students in many developed countries. The U.S. ranks 17th in reading, 23rd in science and 31st in math, behind countries like Slovenia and Poland. One of the main differences is that high achieving countries have a higher level of difficulty for becoming teachers. Concern is growing that […]
Is Michigan’s Highest Court Corrupted? – Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Weaver (R-Glen Arbor), Author of Judicial Deceit: Tyranny & Unnecessary Secrecy at the Michigan Supreme Court
Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Contract: Liz Margolis, AAPS Communications Director – Ann Arbor’s new superintendent of schools will earn…
Dexter in the Mitten: Katherine Larson, Artist – A fine artist, muralist, graphic designer, and classical singer, Katherine Larson is known for her many covers of the Ann Arbor Observer…
Race Based Admissions, Diversity, and the Poor on College Campuses: Dr. Dwight Lang, Sociology Lecturer, University of Michigan – Could dropping race in college admissions actually increase diversity on college campuses?
Keeping Kids Safe at the Ann Arbor Art Fair – Rick Norman, Director of Emergency Management, City of Ann Arbor – There’s a new way to keep track of your children at this year’s Ann Arbor Art Fair…