The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio file.
A recent study called “The Public’s Agenda for Public Education” surveyed more than 5,000 Michigan residents to learn how to best improve public education.
John Bebow, president and chief executive of the Center for Michigan and Amber Toth, outreach director for the Center for Michigan, were both involved in the study.
They spoke today with Cyndy about the survey and the state’s future goals for education reform.
“Those who most need that economic ladder that a great education provides, are feeling least well served by today’s system,” said Bebow.
One student with whom Bebow spoke was using dated textbooks.
“We had a student in a community conversation say, ‘my government textbook says Ronald Reagan was the last president.’ We had other people at the opposite end of the spectrum concerned about how we spend money. There are so many concerns expressed. This survey is by no means a lambasting of the education service industry. People are concerned…” said Bebow.