By Jim Barrett | December 18, 2016 | Lansing State Journal
Much has been written in the national media lately about President-Elect Donald Trump’s selection of Betsy DeVos to become the U.S. Education Secretary, and the role she’s played in education reform in Michigan. Most of these national media accounts are overly simplistic and just wrong, and as someone who has worked closely with Betsy DeVos for decades, I’m here to set the record straight.
We must begin with a common understanding of how poorly our school systems are performing. Today, less than 50% of Michigan’s K-8 students are proficient in any grade or any subject, and less than 20% of our high school juniors are considered prepared for college or meaningful careers. Despite the fact Michigan is a top-10 state for education spending, we’re a bottom-10 state in terms of performance. Continue reading