By Pat Moody, Moody on the Market
June 22, 2018
Even people who are diametrically opposed to one another’s every day missions have decided that the education system in Michigan is broken and in desperate need of some major league fixing. In fact, history was made in Michigan Thursday when nearly three dozen independent groups, associations and organizations convened to create what they are calling Launch Michigan, designed to boost education excellence for every student and every school in the Great Lakes State.
The truly remarkable things is that they were not convened by some command from the Governor, or pulled together by some legislative committee. They all decided that even though they represent a broad spectrum of ideas and philosophies…something needs to be done. And soon.
Arguing that a strong, thriving public education system is the cornerstone for helping Michigan’s children succeed in school, careers and life as well as building robust communities and an economy that works for everyone, the Launch Michigan coalition says it also must be a top state priority.
The diverse, never-before assembled group of business, education, labor, philanthropic, and state and community leaders unveiled their plan at the Impression 5 Science Center in Lansing. It was a loud and clear message from the unlikely group of allies who have pledged to work together to turn Michigan into a leader in educational excellence with lasting, research-driven strategies that transcend politics and election cycles.