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Michigan Education Report, invites readers to comment on selected articles by visiting our forum page. Here are some comments we received in response to our Summer 2007 issue.

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Two guest educators argued for and against raising Michigan’s compulsory attendance age in "Diverse Viewpoints," a regular feature of Michigan Education Report. Here’s what readers think ...

"‘Students’ at the age of 16 to 18 can be … disruptive and possibly dangerous to the other students in class as well as the teacher. Do we want this in our schools?"

- former charter school board member, Roseville


"I have been in education for 18 years. …The decrease in parent involvement with both their kids and the schools is shocking, scary and sad. …Whatever discussion we have on anything that has to do with kids, young adults, schools, society, etc., always has to have a section on the parents."

- high school teacher, Macomb County


An article about Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s call for more charter and private schools in Detroit prompted these comments ...

"Charter schools are the answer to many of the problems that plague DPS. Now we just need to find a way to provide all parents choices for their children’s education."

- elementary school teacher, Taylor


In conjunction with an article about advertising campaigns funded by school districts to attract students, Michigan Education Report sponsored an informal online survey that asked, "Should public schools spend money on advertising to attract students?" Results showed 53 percent of respondents voting no and 47 percent voting yes. In a related comment, one reader said ...

"The stipulations by the state on how schools can use money and the reliance on state money are getting out of hand. It is time for schools to advertise for students, to make themselves attractive. It is time for schools to allow advertising into the schools (limited to things like shoe ads or electronics) to help fund the school programs."

- business owner, Dundee