Education advocate fears Michigan in race to the bottom
By April Van Buren, WKAR
The economy in Michigan is on the upswing, and education budgets that were cut during the great recession are starting to increase again. But despite some funding boosts, educational achievement in Michigan has remained fairly stagnant in the past 10 years. And that’s meant that some of the states that used to trail Michigan, like Tennessee and Florida, are now ahead of us in national rankings. Advocates says Michigan students are unlikely to catch up without substantial changes to the state’s educational policy.
A new report from the Education Trust Midwest in Ann Arbor suggests that if Michigan continues on its current educational track, it could land in the bottom 10 states for achievement by 2030.
Current State talks about the report and the new Michigan Achieves campaign with Sarah Lenhoff, director of Policy and Research at the Education Trust.