Michigan is Failing to Prepare Students for the 21st Century
Michigan ranks in the top quartile for spending:
– 11th out of 50 states for average teacher salary
– 13th out of 50 states for expenditures per student
Yet, Michigan ranks in the bottom quartile, 38th out of 50, for academic proficiency.
The chart below illustrates the percentage of Michigan students at or above proficiency:
A college degree is very important to securing employment and high paying jobs. Yet, nearly two thirds of Michigan adults have no post-secondary degree.
Lack of college disproportionately impact students that come from families that do not have a history of higher education and cannot afford to support the growing costs of college.
Nearly one in five dollars of family income is spent to cover college tuition costs in Michigan.
Michigan ranks 38 out of 50 for providing scholarship assistance.
For these reasons, Detroit students especially struggle to obtain a college degree.
According to a recent study, Driving Opportunity in Detroit, the continued growth of the Southeast Michigan region depends heavily on the quality of its workforce and its ability to fill jobs with middle-skill workers that require specific post secondary training and credentials like a college degree.
The Michigan Education Excellence Foundation supports the Governor’s education initiatives and our mission through an approach that boosts K-12 preparedness at Michigan’s lowest performing schools and develops scholarships for Detroit students pursuing post-secondary education.