As an executive in the construction industry, I rely heavily on Michigan’s K-12 public schools to provide top-notch talent to keep my business running strong. A high-quality public school education is also essential to continue Michigan’s economic comeback.
In its recent editorial, “Examining the crisis in Michigan’s schools,” the Detroit News accurately noted that Michigan is at the bottom in reading and other student performance nationwide. That includes students in inner-cities and rural centers as much as those in the suburbs, regardless of household income, race or other circumstances.
But what will it cost to improve student achievement and prepare our kids for the 21st century workforce?