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Ben DeGrow

Director of Education Policy

Ben DeGrow is the Mackinac Center’s director of education policy. 

DeGrow joined the Center in 2015 after a long stint at Colorado’s Independence Institute, where he provided expert analysis on school choice, school finance, collective bargaining and education employment policies. He authored numerous policy reports and opinion-editorials for various newspapers and other publications, and regularly appeared on radio and television and before legislative committees.

DeGrow graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in history from Hillsdale College, and went on to receive a master’s degree in history from Pennsylvania State University. Ben’s experiences in the classroom include service as a university graduate assistant and as a substitute teacher in Michigan public schools. He also spent nearly a year on the editorial staff of the Hillsdale Daily News.

Originally from Oakland County, DeGrow is excited to be back in his home state after 13 years in Colorado. He brings with him his wife and three daughters, as well as his undying loyalty to the Detroit Tigers.

Fewer Parents Taking Education for Granted

Surveys highlight growing involvement, diverse goals … more

School Districts Exaggerate the Harms of Losing Students to Choice

Bullying is a Huge Problem – School Choice is Helping Solve It

Bold action is needed to give families more options … more

School Districts Exaggerate the Harms of Losing Students to Choice

Freedom, flexibility needed more than extra funds … more

For Some Students, Transportation is a Barrier to a Better Education

Accessing Better Detroit Schools Out of Reach for Some

Transportation scholarships could help level playing field … more

Helping More Michigan Students Learn to Read

Campaign promises are likely not enough … more

Choice Satisfies Most Parents, Appeals to Most Voters

Cyber School: Excelling in Unexpected Ways

Don't Put Faith in Class-Size Reduction

Research shows little academic benefit for immense cost … more

Innovative School Districts Seek Greater Flexibility

Legislative proposal would aid Madison, Center Line, others … more

Choice Satisfies Most Parents, Appeals to Most Voters

New surveys highlight favorable experiences, need for more options … more

Here’s One Way Michigan Miscalculates High School Graduation Rates

Michigan Parents and Voters Strongly Support School Choice

Charter school parents extremely satisfied and voters favor expanding school choice options … more

Guiding Quality Growth in the Charter Sector

Workshop sessions focus on developing successful new schools … more

Later High School Start Times Should Stay Local Decision

Change by Berkley district cites academic benefit … more

Poll: Mich. Voters Back Tax Benefits for School Choice

Strong majority endorse use of 529 plans to help fund K-12 tuition … more

MDE Overreach a Serious Concern

New rules attack cyber school option for families … more

Campaign Promises Show Misunderstanding of Charter School Landscape

ISD-Run Special Education at Bottom of the Pack

Michigan only state cited for failing special-needs students … more

A Political Fiction that Won’t Go Away

Candidates wrongly claim state education funds have been cut … more

Higher Taxes Would Offer Little for Ottawa Schools

Millage money more fairly shared, but promises little results … more

Whitmer Education Plan Trips Over Charter Schools

Solutions in search of imagined problems raise questions … more

Study Links Catholic Education and Self-Discipline

Families may have new tool to support private school choices … more

Michigan’s New Testing Regime is Better But Should Be Improved

Detroit Charters Send More Graduates to College Than Peers Do

Longer-term outcomes back up test-score advantages for charter schools … more

Michigan Doesn't Fit Profile for Teacher Walkouts

More already spent on teacher salaries, less on nonteaching staff … more

New Law Removes Obstacles to Classroom

SB 727 should help alleviate teacher shortage outcry … more

Rural School Makes Fast Rise

Akron-Fairgrove among most improved on Mackinac report card … more

DeVos is Right About Michigan Charter Schools

State’s Education Woes Require Full Assessment

BLM report takes on key myths but misses complete picture … more

Detroit Prep

Hamtramck Academy Tops Mackinac Report Card

NHA charter school aims high, beats odds, busts myths … more

Dearborn Schools Rise to the Top

District has remarkable showing on new CAP report card … more

Put ISD Funding on Education Budget Table

While agency spending grows, Guv seeks student-based cuts … more

Detroit Schools Will Sell to a Prison, But Not a Charter School

Moves criticized by parents and community members … more

Mackinac Center Ranks Michigan’s Elementary and Middle Schools

The third edition of the Context and Performance Report Card unveiled … more

Education Budget Should Back Parents' Priorities

Snyder's proposal undercuts cyber school, shared time options … more

There is No Shortage of Teachers

New Video Series Looks Underneath the Hood at How School Funding Works

6-part video series examines school funding in Michigan … more

Michigan Charters Get More Bang for the Buck

Charter Schools a Valuable Investment for Taxpayers

Charters prove more cost effective and produce larger ROI … more

Snyder, New Report Pitch for More Education Dollars

Evidence lacking for any significant impact on achievement … more

School Choice Week Puts Michigan Progress in Perspective

Choice popular with parents, still needs vigorous defense … more

Education Policy Expert Provides Important Perspective on New School Finance Study

Increased funding won’t automatically improve educational outcomes … more