Features and Highlights

Michigan Education Digest

Employee school choice, free speech case, Kentwood strike news  … more

The Unkindest Cut?

A recent series of newspaper articles on federal tax cuts omitted some larger truths.  … more

Special Ed Surplus

Has Michigan's funding system caused too many kids to be termed "disabled"? … more

Fewer Students = More Money?

This equation doesn't work. Public schools should cut costs. … more

Storm Drain

Ivan, Charley, Frances and Jeanne really belong to the Jets and the Sharks. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Kentwood district deadlock, Milwaukee voucher study, suspended Internet grants. … more

Freeing to Choose

School-choice advocates gather at the Cato Institute to discuss the education marketplace of the future. … more

An Anchor to Windward

John Riecker, an honored friend of the Mackinac Center, discusses its special intellectual role. … more

Honoring John and Ranny Riecker

The Mackinac Center dedicates its board room to two exemplars of de Tocqueville's America. … more

From Threat to Friend

As bad as it is, the state's Toyota deal has a silver lining. … more

Michigan Education Digest

School choice budget gains, 'count day' prizes, fighting truancy. … more

Revolting Development

State development agencies spent, and Michigan's economy suffered.  … more

School Boards: Helping Themselves?

School boards might send a better message to the public if they avoided the Michigan Association of School Boards. … more

Found in Translation

Joseph Lehman explains to Asian free-marketers how to "translate ideas into success." … more

Michigan Education Digest

Bay City MEAP, Michigan college affordability, U.P. home-schooling. … more

Going Dutch

Free-market education policies are time-tested and successful. … more

Teach the Teachers, Test the Students

Book reviews of "There Are No Shortcuts," by Rafe Esquith, and "The $100,000 Teacher," by Brian Crosby … more

Balancing the Budget Without Taxes

Legislative Analyst Jack McHugh offers specific state budget recommendations and responds to the state House and Senate fiscal agencies. … more

The Charter Mirage

Public debate rages over an idea that has never been tried. … more

A Debate Over Outsourcing

A Mackinac Center scholar and the president of the Michigan AFL-CIO go toe-to-toe. … more

Mongol Khan-Quest

A Mackinac Center friend becomes prime minister of Mongolia. … more

Does Teacher Certification Matter?

The state Board of Education chafes on the wrong issue.  … more

County Tax Shift: It Quacks, It Waddles; It’s a Duck

The county tax shift in the proposed state budget is a tax increase. … more

Certifiable Numbers?

The state education department has produced dubious certification numbers, hurting charter schools in the process.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

State SAT scores, D.C. school vouchers, MET, and more  … more

Labor Gains

American workers have achieved a gold-medal year.  … more

MEGA May Be Unconstitutional

A federal court has declared an Ohio tax incentive program unconstitutional, casting doubt on a Michigan program as well.  … more

Shortchanging Michigan

The Legislature should kill the Toyota land deal and embrace equal treatment instead.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Schools' self-grading, single-sex classes, budget-trimming, and more … more

Teachers, Not Timeservers

A Saginaw public school teacher argues for merit pay. … more

Pivotal? Probably Not.

If passion and rhetoric made presidential elections “pivotal,” the 2004 battle would qualify.  … more

Putting a Premium on Education?

Health care benefits for public school personnel are more expensive because of the MEA's powerful insurance arm.  … more

Power to the People?

The Board of State Canvassers' most recent action is only the latest infringement of a fundamental political right of Michigan's citizens. … more

A State Gas Tax That Should Run Out of Fuel

To avoid spending discipline, Lansing may extend a state gas tax that has already been poorly administered. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Catholic school union vote halted; Michigan universities ranked; analysis says charters not performing … more

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards: Value Added?

A widely touted national certification program does not appear to produce better teachers. … more

Michigan's Budget Deficit Calls for Structural Reforms

Lansing should cut spending by returning to its core mission.  … more

Carpenter Helps Build Jobs With Snow

A Mackinac Center friend asks the right questions of the secretary of the treasury. … more

Will a Detroit-area Catholic School Be Unionized?

A Michigan commission rules that the school’s religious status does not shield it from organizing efforts. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Florida court strikes down school choice program; Bay City schools may require students to pass MEAP to graduate; Flint area outsourcing receives praise, criticism  … more

The Mackinac Center Announces Venues for Its 2004 High School Debate Workshops

Michigan high school debaters will receive unique resources and training on this year's national debate resolution, which involves the United Nations.  … more

The Blackout of 2003 Doesn't Justify Regulation in 2004

Free-market reforms didn't cause the blackout a year ago. We shouldn't return to the Dark Ages of electrical regulation.  … more

Free Markets Blossom in Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh may have won the battle for power, but he is losing the war for the future to free-market capitalism … more

Michigan Education Digest

Detroit schools on ballot; More state schools show improvement; U.S. home schooling on rise … more

Democracy Isn't Nirvana

Although "democracy" will be the focus of news this presidential season, it's economic freedom that really matters.  … more

Symbolic Victories?

The Legislature is considering no fewer than 11 new bills to create state symbols.  … more

Wetlands You Can't Bank On

The state's Department of Environmental Quality is hurting both the environment and the economy by its foot-dragging on wetland banks.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Female sports schedule discriminatory; Parents pay for after-school activities; British homeschooling; Race-based school assignments struck down … more

"Milking the Cow" of State Development Departments

Businesses can turn government development agencies into "cash cows" and hurt economic growth. … more

The Lesson From a Charter School’s Closing

The experiences of Walter French Academy and the Detroit Public Schools show that parental empowerment is a better path to good schools than increased state regulation. … more

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