Explaining Michigan’s one-of-a-kind university governance model

Editor’s note: A shorter version of this appeared in the Detroit Free Press on February 11, 2018. In a nutshell: Michigan’s governance model for its flagship universities and all universities is fairly unique The current model of electing boar...

In an otherwise flat budget proposal, some good news for schools

In a nutshell: Slow growth is the new normal Stronger economy = more sales tax revenue = more money for schools Some fresh cash for road repairs, but at the General Fund’s expense Governor Rick Snyder officially kicked off the state budget process b...

In Michigan, ‘no public aid to private schools’ means ‘no state tax break for your 529’

In a nutshell: Federal tax reform expands 529 college savings plans to include private K-12 tuition Michigan’s state constitution prohibits public aid to private schools Michigan families will not receive state tax breaks for saving for private K-12...

Oops! Congress raised your state taxes. How does the Legislature propose to fix this?

In a nutshell: Federal tax reform removed Michigan’s personal exemption The Legislature wants to restore and increase the exemption Budget concerns could create problems   When President Trump signed the Tax Cut and Jobs Act[1] (TCJA) into law, it ...

Work Requirements Don’t Work, but Medicaid Beneficiaries Do

  On January 11th, federal health officials gave the go-ahead for states to experiment with new work requirements in the Medicaid program through Section 1115 demonstrations. This change represents a dramatic shift in federal policy for the 50-year-o...

Charter School Enrollment Projected to Decline, First Time in 21 Years

While enrollment growth in Michigan’s public charter schools has leveled off in recent years, updated estimates for the current school year show that total charter school enrollment in the state will experience its first decline since charters were auth...

How to pay for special education is a growing concern across Michigan

Dec. 8, 2017 – The Citizen Research Council’s Research Director, Craig Thiel, teams with Michigan State University Professor Sarah Reckhow in Chalkbeat Detroit to explain how the state’s system for funding special education is flawed and thr...