New proposal to change Michigan's education system
So far the answer has been pretty clear: Michigan children from low-income families face an uphill battle when it comes to being competitive on a national level. But many of our interviewees have also agreed that good education has the possibility to dramatically improve a child's future success.
That's the main reason why State of Opportunity is so interested in early education programs. Just last week Jennifer Guerra spoke with Larry Schweinhart, president of the HighScope Foundation, who gave listeners the four ingredients of a high-quality pre-K program.
This week Guerra interviews Richard McClellan, a lawyer at the Oxford Foundation, a public interest law firm based in Michigan. McClellan was recently tasked by Governor Rick Snyder to come up with a new public education model for Michigan kids.
McClellan calls the proposal - officially titled the Michigan Educational Finance Act of 2012 - "an anytime, anyplace, any pace, any way model of public education." Critics call it a defacto voucher program that will completely dismantle public education in the state.
A few key points from the proposal:
But the proposal isn't without controversy. To learn more about the impact this proposal could have on families in Michigan, visit State of Opportunity.
- Jordan Medina, Michigan Radio Newsroom