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

Most Michigan Parents Satisfied with School Choice

Superintendent Whiston backtracks from “backwards” claim … more

Michigan Parents Satisfied with Education Choice

New study looks at the factors driving increased school choice … more

A Survey of Michigan Parents Who Use School Choice

This report highlights the results of a survey conducted of Michigan parents who exercise some form of public school choice for their children. Among the diverse group of 837 parents from across the state who were interviewed, substantial majorities gave high marks to their chosen schools, said the experience boosted their expectations of their children’s future success and would likely recommend choice options to other parents. Respondents also said that information they receive from other parents influences their school choice decisions, in addition to published school performance data and in-person visits. Survey results further revealed that most parents highly value academics in making their decision, though safety and discipline are leading considerations as well. … more

Giving More Taxpayer Dollars to Universities Won’t Make Michigan More Educated

No link between state spending and educational attainment … more

A “Not Welcome” Sign for Special-Needs Students

Nonresidents denied local special education dollars in 21 ISDs … more

Education Policy Initiative

Educational opportunity for all Michigan children … more

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