Michigan’s version of “No Child Left Behind,” according to early results from the State’s department of education, has left approximately half of the children behind:
“Just half of Michigan juniors passed the state’s new high school exam in English while fewer than half passed the math section, according to lackluster results released today by the Michigan Department of Education.”
Which is, according to the article, “about what we expected.” Because, you know, we can’t build a program from the bottom-up, instead we have to do this half-assed trial-and-error routine where we expect failure, and go from there. Brilliant.
Also in its inception is the new Michigan Promise Scholarship, which gives students money for merely demonstrating an adequate comprehension of reading, math, and science, as administered by the MME exam. Disregarding some not-so-trivial details (such as: where is this money coming from? the State has an $800B deficit!), nearly every student will “qualify” for this subsidy – either by passing the exam, or by successfully completing two years of post-secondary education. Of course, this subsidy will simply be absorbed by the State Universities – there is absolutely no reason to presume it will have any beneficial effect on the price of higher education in the State of Michigan.
No, just like the federally subsidized education that everyone receives now, it will simply push the prices higher – and even further out of reach for the unfortunate few who don’t have access to the government’s checkbook.