Putting Students First

StudentsFirst takes aim at public education reform in Michigan By Jacquie Goetz Bluethmann Page 38-40 On its inaugural State Policy Report Card, Michigan received an overall letter grade of C- for its education laws and policies. Despite this seemingly dismal …

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Energizing Michigan

ITC President and CEO leads Conference focused on global competitiveness Pages 10-11 Joseph L. Welch is chairman, president and CEO of Novi-based ITC Holdings, Corp. – the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company. At the helm of ITC, Welch is …

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A National Voice

Jeb Bush discusses immigration and education reform Page 26-28 Son of President George H.W. Bush and brother of President George W. Bush, Governor Jeb Bush is considered a leading national voice on the major issues facing the nation. Governor Bush …

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Radical Thinking

Michelle Rhee taking education reform head-on By James MartinezPage 36-37 After being named Chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) in June 2007, Michelle Rhee gained national recognition for her efforts to turn around one of the nation’s …

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Michigan: The Comeback State

Governor on continuing progress in Michigan By Rick Snyder Page 42-43 Michigan is the comeback state and enjoying its best economic position in a decade.  That’s a marked improvement from two years ago when I first attended the Detroit Regional …

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Morning Joe

MSNBC’s morning show holds unique space in media By Rick PlutaPage 50-51 “Today as a nation we grieve, and today we feel helpless…” The Monday morning following the Newtown school shootings, Joe Scarborough opened his show with a stern sermon …

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Innovators and Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs take state to new heights By Audrey LaForest Page 56-57 Michigan has always been a state of creative thinkers, innovators and entrepreneurs. After all, those who dared to dream and work hard prompted the mitten-shaped state’s path from the …

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Michigan Momentum

State poised for great run on global stage By Nancy Schlichting Page 12 As we gather for the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference, it’s important to consider the tremendous progress being made throughout the state over the past year. As the …

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