Back to School

2009 Back to School
As a new school year begins in Michigan lawmakers in Lansing continue to grapple with a huge budget deficit. It's certain that many school administrators are watching what's happening very closely as they try to plan their budgets for the next year, and maybe even more importantly the year after that. "Back To School" is a series of interviews by Charity Nebbe that looks at the current state of public education in Michigan.

Past Shows

 The History of Health Insurance
September 8, 2009

As a new school year begins in Michigan lawmakers in Lansing continue to grapple with a huge budget deficit. It's certain that many school administrators are watching what's happening very closely as they try to plan their budgets for the next year, and maybe even more importantly the year after that. Charity speaks with Craig Thiel, the Director of State Affairs at the Citizen's Research Council of Michigan. Listen to the interview.

 

Finding A Solution
September 9, 2009

We've heard it again and again. Michigan needs to have an educated work force to move forward into a knowledge economy. Both political parties agree, to some extent, that we need to focus on education in this state, but how has that consensus changed education in Michigan? Michigan Radio's Charity Nebbe continues our series in a conversation with Jeff Williams, Senior Vice President for technology and public policy at Public Sector Consultants in Lansing. Listen to the interview.

 

Misconceptions
September 10, 2009

No Child Left Behind has been a controversial program, but the assumption behind it is widely accepted: American schools need to have higher standards so our children can compete in a global marketplace. That's an assumption that Yong Zhao believes is dangerous. He is a professor of education at Michigan State and author of Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization. Listen to the interview.