New State Superintendent Takes Job, Up to 3 Off-Days Per Week

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:5 Aug 2019

At GLEP, we are fighting to give students innovative options in the classroom, our great public school teachers the resources they need, and voters the accountability from state policymakers they deserve. To that end, we hope you’ll join us raising


Incoming Superintendent Michael Rice Should Refuse, Return Gold-Plated Benefits Package

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:31 Jul 2019

GLEP: Incoming Superintendent Michael Rice Should Refuse, Return Gold-Plated Benefits Package State Board Offers Rice 66 Paid Days Off in 2019, More than 5 Times Number Given Most Public School Teachers LANSING—Great Lakes Education Project Executive Director Beth DeShone today


Welcome to ChangeEd

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:26 Jul 2019

Welcome to changeEd, the new regular newsletter of the Great Lakes Education Project. At GLEP, we are laser focused on delivering results for Michigan students. That means innovating at the state Capitol and in school districts across Michigan to boost student


Parents are counting on A-F School Grades, state must deliver

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:25 Jul 2019

This column originally appeared in the Midland Daily News. While lawmakers wrap up their summers, they and their staffs are constructing the reforms and priorities that will dominate their discussions once they return to Lansing. Ensuring parents get report cards


Appalling: State Board of Education Blocks $47 Million Obama-Era Grant for Public School Text Books, Classroom Equipment, School Programs

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:29 May 2019

Board Votes to Block Funds Already Secured by Michigan Department of Ed, Approved by State Lawmakers LANSING—In an appalling attack on Michigan teachers and their students, the Michigan State Board of Education last week voted to block a $47-plus million


Jim Barrett Statement

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:7 Mar 2017

March 7, 2017 – Effective today, Gary Naeyaert has resigned his position as Executive Director. GLEP appreciates his nearly four years of leadership and passionate advocacy for school choice, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors. –


This Week & Next (3/3/17)

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:3 Mar 2017

Trump pushes school choice to Congress On Tuesday, during his first formal address to Congress, President Trump (R) joined previous Presidents George W. Bush (R) and Barack Obama (D) when he identified education as the “civil rights issue of our


The Truth About Charter Schools and K-12 Education in Michigan

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:26 Feb 2017

Remarks by GLEP’s Gary Naeyaert at the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy at Albion College | February 27, 2017 Despite $14 billion/year investment in K-12, academic performance is lacking Less than 50% of students are proficient in any


This Week & Next (02/24/17)

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:24 Feb 2017

Governor Delays Action on Failing Schools Yesterday, Governor Rick Synder put out a press release announcing that the State Reform Office, run by Natasha Baker, would be postponing until May any formal announcements about the fate of the 38 schools


This Week & Next (2/17/17)

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:17 Feb 2017

Legislative subcommittees start FY ’18 school aid budget work Both the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on School Aid held initial hearings this week to discuss the Governor’s proposed $14.3 billion School Aid Budget for FY ’18.  As mentioned last