As an organization made up of Michiganders, we know well how our parents once prided themselves on the quality of our state’s public schools. Sadly, we have little to be proud of today. Our state’s educational performance is lackluster by practically any reliable measure.

In this report, we lay out a common-sense agenda to raise Michigan’s achievement, and share some best practices from around the country. For years, Michigan has lacked a comprehensive education agenda and strategy to improve teaching and learning. This is a call to sensible action in a state that desperately needs it.

It’s time for our leaders to be honest about what isn’t working to raise Michigan’s student learning. We need to invest in what works: common-sense strategies rooted in what research and experience tells us matters.


Published: April 18, 2013