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Schools of Choice in Michigan: A Mackinac Center Study

The study measures growth over time and geographic spread, and reveals student and parental preferences the program brings to light. The study finds that SOC participation has grown steadily, with enrollment growing by 144 percent over the past 10 years. … more

Milton Friedman - Collectivism

Despite its dismal track record, collectivism continues to hold appeal for some. Professor Friedman discusses this dynamic. … more

Michigan Teachers Trapped By August Window

Michigan Lawmakers are investigating whether the Michigan Education Association, the state's largest teachers union, violated the state's new right-to-work law by failing to inform members that they can only quit in August. This year, 1,500 members and agency payers were able to leave, but many were unaware of how to get out. … more

Land Bank Fight in Michigan

Land banks are supposed to help eliminate blight, revitalize neighborhoods and contribute tax dollars. But in Michigan, land banks have been scooping up property for merely the price of back-taxes owned -- and re-selling them to profit themselves. In the meantime, cutting in front of private-sector buyers. … more

Detroit Success Story: Cesar Chavez Charter School

Cesar Chavez school, a charter school in Detroit, Mich., was ranked number two in the Mackinac Center CAP report card for high schools. Teachers and administrators say that their success is based off of faith in the students and flexibility with the teachers. … more

Paraeducator Files Lawsuit Against the MEA

Like many union members, Amy Breza didn't know the MEA demands that all teachers must leave only in August and was unclear of how to opt out of the union. She's suing the union to exercise her right-to-work rights. … more

Michigan Right to Work

"Here in Michigan, it's motherhood, apple pie and the union. There were times in this state's history and in the country's history when the law would turn a blind eye to misdeeds on the part of companies. Well, through the 'New Deal' and changes involving the Great Depression, that didn't just come back to neutral — it completely flipped. Unions developed the power to get people fired from their jobs merely for refusing to support it. The movement began to be distorted in various ways, and so, over the years, the union movement became less and less about workers and more and more about politics." … more

Benefits in Balance

This video describes the findings from a new Mackinac Center study that shows that public sector employee benefits in Michigan exceed the averages reported in the private sector by $5,8 billion annually. … more

Saginaw Teachers Caught by "August Window"

In Saginaw Public Schools, five teachers are caught by the "August Window" from opting out of their union, despite Michigan's passage of a right-to-work law. … more

William Ray Arthur: A Damaged Relationship With His Union

William Ray Arthur has been a public school teacher in Petoskey for over 30 years. After the passage of Michigan's right-to-work law, he wanted to opt-out of his union. Unfortunately, his union is telling him that he can not because he missed the "August Window," a limited one-month resignation time frame. Arthur has turned to the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation for help. … more

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Star International Academy is the highest ranked high school in Michigan on the Mackinac Center for Public Policy's Contest and Performance report card for both 2014 and 2012. The study and a database of every school in the state can be found at www.Mackinac.org/CAP.

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