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What's Ahead for Labor Policy

With Democrats controlling the House, Senate and presidency, there are new questions for those interested in labor policy: What should we expect for labor issues in the immediate future?

There are a number of ramifications that may come from these election results that are not directly related to labor. These include attempts to pack the Supreme Court, eliminate the filibuster and incorporate new states. Nevertheless, there are many initiatives that people interested in labor policy should be prepared to address. These include both legislative and administrative actions, each of which are significant, but not guaranteed.

Flex Learning

Funding New Pathways for Student Success

This report explains how Michigan could pursue a flexible funding program that would give learners greater agency, especially for middle-school and secondary students and their families. Charting a path to complete a diploma, every student would be allowed to use a portion of their per-pupil allotment to “purchase” courses from schools for both online and face-to-face instruction. This funding could also be used for dual-enrollment classes, apprenticeships, career and technical training and other learning opportunities from a broad menu of providers.

Michigan School Privatization Survey 2020

This is the 18th edition of the Mackinac Center's annual school privatization survey. We ask every school district in the state if they outsource one of the three main noninstructional services — custodial, transportation and food services. The results from this year's survey show that 69.9% of school districts contract out for at least one of these services.

Proposal 1 of 2020: Use of State and Local Park Funds Amendment

This policy brief describes the changes to Michigan's Constitution and the Natural Resources Trust Fund and State Parks Endowment Fund that Proposal one would make. It explains how these trust funds currently work to help voters better understand the effects of their vote on this ballot question.

Evidence Required: A Critical Review of 'Improving Oversight of Michigan Charter Schools and Their Authorizers'

This paper offers a critical review of a report published in March by the Citizens Research Council of Michigan titled “Improving Oversight of Michigan Charter Schools and Their Authorizers.”

Extinguishing the Wildfire Threat

Lessons from Arizona

In this report, we extend earlier research that described many of the historical, political, and policy reasons our nation’s publicly managed forests are plagued by large, dangerous wildfires. This research, published by the Mackinac Center and the Property and Environment Research Center as "Conflict to Cooperation," explained how the management of federal lands has been stalled by a confusing and complex web of legislative and regulatory constraints as well as a variety of conflicting uses and policy views.