David Rutledge: You can’t change policy without changing policy makers

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Today we have State Rep & Democratic Floor Leader David Rutledge with us! Great conversation, if I do say so myself! Join us as we discuss: Taking over the Floor Leader position for the House Dems David’s background prior to being elected to the State House The school dissolution legislation & how it morphed from […]

Posthumus Lyons is Michigan’s Least Ethical Legislator

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Republican Representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons, who calls herself a “proud product of public education,” chairs the education committee for the State House.  She made headlines most recently with her quip “pigs get fat, and hogs get slaughtered” in reference to teachers who are to lose their jobs when their school districts get dissolved by the state. Previous to […]

ALEC v Kids: The GOP’s stealthy & shady attack on our schools

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Today we join Progress Michigan, Common Cause Michigan, and Michigan Citizen Action, for a conference on their new report, ALEC v Kids. We discuss: What is ALEC and why does it matter? What does ALEC support? Who are the Michigan members of ALEC? How does ALEC impact education in Michigan? What do we need to […]

Broken bureaucracy is bad for education, Gov. Snyder

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If you happen to be on Governor Snyder’s email list you know he has been talking up his education policy recently. His most recent promotional item is the claim that state education spending has increased each year of his term. While it is true that “state” spending has increased each year total spending on education […]

Amy Kerr Hardin on the manufactured fiscal crises in schools

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Today we talk to Amy Kerr Hardin of Democracy Tree. This is our first conversation and I enjoyed it. I hope you find it interesting. You should check out Amy’s blog for some of the very best political blogging you’ll find in Michigan. Here are Amy’s show notes. Her notes are longer than my summary […]

Test Score Based Pay Should be Piloted in Prison by Posthumus-Lyons’ Husband

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House Bill 4625 would tie public school teacher pay to students’ stardardized test scores. In opposition, some people have advocated tying legislator pay to specific outcomes including lower unemployment and fully funded schools. I would hate to subject all legislators to the shortsightedness of a few, but would like to see the sponsors of House […]

Lonnie Scott: It all comes back to education

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Today we have our old pal Lonnie Scott back with us to discuss education funding. Today we discuss: Why Snyder must have known about Skunk Works The student as a product Education as a one-time transfer of skills The hypocrisy of Snyder on education The many reasons why education is important for our state Value […]

Congressman Dan Kildee asks Governor Rick Snyder to help re-open Buena Vista Schools

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In this special audio segment we have a few minutes with Congressman Dan Kildee, talking about what’s going on in Buena Vista School District. We discuss: The students must be put back into their classrooms, with their teachers, working on their planned curriculum The MI Constitution requires Michigan to provide a free public education Meeting […]

Senator Bert Johnson on the coordinated Republican attack on public education

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Today our show is dedicated to the memory of Brian Woehlke. Today our friend Senator Bert Johnson is back to talk about public education, EAA, Teach for America, and more. Our audio quality on the interview is very poor. I had to remove all of my participation, but that doesn’t the quality of Senator Johnson’s […]

State Rep Adam Zemke on education, talent attraction and retention

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State Rep Adam Zemke joins us today to talk about education and his work on talent attraction and retention. Today we talk about: Talent attraction & retention STEM as a key component to future economic success Project based education in K-12 How some legislators come to the conclusion that we need to ‘lower’ educational standards […]

John Austin on ‘skunk works’ and resetting the agenda on technology in education

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Our guest today is John Austin, President of the Michigan Board of Education Today we talk about How the Michigan Board of Education found out about the skunk works program Why skunk works failed the ‘character’ test of how we deal with education The Superintendent may have “gotten ahead of himself” when taking on the […]

GOP threatens to cut universities 15%, GOP hates you (my rant), Republican cannibalism, Tim Greimel on education policy and new GOP voucher program

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Well here we have the first show where I rant. I swore off rants a long time ago, I prefer the rofly effect of parody and snark. But when the GOP threatens my beloved University of Michigan because their fragile feelings of superiority are dinged, then I got to speak a more direct truth. So […]