MARY KRAMER: EAA critics, take note of the results

Crain’s Detroit Business: May 31, 2013

Everybody fights with everybody. That’s how a character in Tom Wolfe’s latest novel, “Back to Blood,” describes Miami and its cauldron of races and ethnicities. But you could say the same thing about Detroit. Case in point: The assault on the fledgling Educational Achievement Authority, the new entity tasked with improving student achievement in the worst schools in Detroit.

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Detroit Chamber Study: More College Grads Staying In Michigan

CBS Local: May 30, 2013

An increased number of recent graduates of Michigan’s public universities are remaining in the state after graduation, according to preliminary survey results released by the Detroit Regional Chamber at the Mackinac Policy Conference Thursday. The survey indicated that 63 percent of the targeted group of graduates remained in the state, a 12 percentage point increase from a survey of a comparable group in 2007.

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U.S. facing crisis in education, reformer says on Mackinac Island

The Detroit Free Press: May 30, 2013

At a time when the nation is spending a record amount of money on public education, the results in student achievement are disappointing at best, education reformer Michelle Rhee said today at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference. “We are facing a crisis as a nation,” she said. “The children who are in school today will be the first generation who are less well educated than their parents.”

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Private foundation raises $60 million to help EAA

The Detroit News: May 30, 2013

Gov. Rick Snyder and leaders of a private foundation said Thursday $59.7 million has been raised to help the Education Achievement Authority’s takeover of persistently failing schools, create a new college scholarship for Detroit students and fund other initiatives in the city. Snyder announced the new fundraising total here at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual policy conference, where supporters of the EAA were praising the school reform district’s efforts to turn around 15 chronically failing Detroit schools.

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Snyder launches website for statewide volunteer initiative

The Detroit News: May 30, 2013

Gov. Rick Snyder has launched a website where Michiganians can find opportunities to become “ambassadors” for the state by volunteering for activities such as community projects and student mentoring. Snyder announced the initiative, “Let’s Do Something, Michigan!”, Thursday during the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual Mackinac Island policy conference.

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Donors boost EAA $59.7M

The Detroit News: May 31, 2013

Mackinac Island — Gov. Rick Snyder and national school reformer Michelle Rhee urged policymakers and financial donors Thursday to help improve Michigan’s education system. The Republican governor and leaders of a private foundation announced Thursday at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s policy conference that $59.7 million has been raised to help the Education Achievement Authority’s takeover of persistently failing schools and other initiatives.

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Michigan can’t let economic momentum slow

The Detroit News: May 29, 2013

Four years into Detroit’s automotive revival and two-plus years into a fiscal re-engineering in Lansing, the hard work is beginning to pay handsome dividends for Michigan and to buoy the confidence of its business community. Job creation is up and the unemployment rate is down. Business investment in the state is growing, a budget surplus is expanding, and the downward arc of Detroit’s financial collapse now is under the unprecedented scrutiny of a Gov. Rick Snyder-appointed emergency manager and his high-priced team of restructuring experts.

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Editorial: Creating impact through conversation

The Detroit News: May 29, 2013

MACKINAC ISLAND — The annual schmooze-fest that begins here today offers an opportunity to bring together Michigan’s business, political and civic leaders to talk about solving the state’s problems. This year, the agenda for the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference focuses heavily on education, and that’s smart. Michigan’s recovery will hit a ceiling if it can’t offer a skilled workforce to employers willing to locate here.

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