Michigan’s economic future depends on the state’s ability to produce a talented workforce that can both create new businesses and jobs and attract them from around the world. But despite the importance of education and talent to the state’s future, Michigan is struggling. For the past ten years, Michigan has consistently ranked in the bottom five states for reading and math improvement. Even worse, Michigan is one of only six states that saw test scores decline in some areas.

So, what is going on? Why are so many states passing Michigan by? And what can we do to put Michigan on a better path?

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