Education Policy Initiative

The Education Policy Initiative is committed to expanding opportunities for Michigan student success by empowering families with access to a variety of effective educational options. The initiative’s high quality research informs policymakers and the public how greater freedom can drive innovations that will better meet diverse learning needs.

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Latest Articles

Let Local Schools Decide Their Calendars

More districts seeking freedom from Labor Day mandate … more

Unions Try to Kill a Private Trade School

But Greater Michigan Construction Academy is a success … more

Measuring Success in Alternative Education

Programs serving dropout risks need meaningful metrics too … more

‘Public Education’ Not Easy to Define

Questions raised by rally for more school funding … more

Mackinac Center Publishes New Report to Simplify Complexities of Education Funding

How School Funding Works in Michigan can serve as resource for all stakeholders … more

How School Funding Works in Michigan

Discussions about school funding can create more confusion than clarity. Each state has its own intricacies and peculiarities. Michigan is no exception. Funding flows down from different sources, often based on different formulas and intended for different purposes. There’s no one unified system that controls school funding — rather, schools rely on a number of systems layered on top of each to supply them with resources.
This publication presents a brief overview of some of the key components of Michigan’s school funding system, if it can be called that. The goal is to provide a general understanding of how tax dollars reach schools and what they are intended for.  … more

Special Needs Families Deserve Transparency

Posting ISD special education plans enables sound decisions … more

Free Press Omits Key CREDO Charter School Finding

Students learning more from most Michigan for-profit operators … more

Kids Experience Entrepreneurship at Detroit Children's Business Fair

Second annual event provided opportunities to learn, grow and earn money … more

Vitti’s ‘Student-First’ Agenda Faces Early Test

Pay limits for incoming teachers an unnecessary obstacle … more