education gap http://michiganradio.org en Gov. Snyder: Skills gap most critical issue facing Michigan’s economic future http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-skills-gap-most-critical-issue-facing-michigan-s-economic-future <p>Closing the skills gap is the most critical issue facing Michigan’s future. That’s according to Gov. Rick Snyder, who made the remarks during his second annual economic summit in Grand Rapids Tuesday.</p><p>“We have a lot of wonderful openings but they require more skills than people traditionally thought about,” Snyder said.</p><p>Snyder says the notion that people only need a college degree to get ahead is “messed up.” He says the state, the private sector and education institutes must do a better job preparing the state’s labor force to get into middle-class jobs that are available.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:25:57 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16887 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder: Skills gap most critical issue facing Michigan’s economic future What kind of education do you get if you spend $12,000 per student? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-kind-education-do-you-get-if-you-spend-12000-student <p>Our <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/">State of Opportunity team</a> has been diving into the issue school funding over the past couple months.</p><p>The vast majority of Michigan K-12 schools get between <a href="http://www.msbo.org/sites/default/files/schaid14_hfa_omnibussummary.pdf">$7,000 - $8,000 per pupil</a> every year. But there are some schools that get more…a lot more. We're talking about roughly a $5,000 difference between the richest schools in the state and the poorest schools.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 16:49:09 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 15160 at http://michiganradio.org What kind of education do you get if you spend $12,000 per student? 5 things to know about Michigan's education gap http://michiganradio.org/post/5-things-know-about-michigans-education-gap <p>Over at our <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/">State of Opportunity website</a>, we've been on <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/term/gap-watch">Gap Watch</a>: achievement gaps, literacy gaps, technology gaps, gender gaps, etc.</p><p>Our latest documentary continues the trend.</p><p>It's called <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/education-gap-transcript-and-audio?nopop=1">The Education Gap</a>.</p><p>I hung out in two very different 5th grade classrooms over the course of a month and a half.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:32:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 15026 at http://michiganradio.org 5 things to know about Michigan's education gap