Category: Blog


Parents wait for Whitmer to follow the law

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:24 Feb 2020

This column originally appeared in The Alpena News. More than 175 days and just about as many excuses. That’s what currently stands between the Michigan Department of Education, where state officials are actively hiding school performance data, and Michigan parents


Video: Great Lakes Education Project Hand Delivers A-F Report to State Board of Education

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:12 Nov 2019

Great Lakes Education Project Hand Delivers A-F Report to State Board of Education Great Lakes Education Project Executive Director Beth DeShone took questions from the media moments before presenting the Board of Education and every member of the state Legislature


‘Read by Grade Three’ law helps students

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:5 Sep 2019

This column originally appeared in the Traverse City Record Eagle. The most important educational tool for building a child’s future success is the ability to read. Reading is a big predictor of success in school, work and life. Reading proficiently


‘Read by Grade Three’ law helps students

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:5 Sep 2019

This column originally appeared in the Traverse City Record Eagle. The most important educational tool for building a child’s future success is the ability to read. Reading is a big predictor of success in school, work and life. Reading proficiently


Parents are counting on A-F School Grades, state must deliver

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:25 Jul 2019

This column originally appeared in the Midland Daily News. While lawmakers wrap up their summers, they and their staffs are constructing the reforms and priorities that will dominate their discussions once they return to Lansing. Ensuring parents get report cards


The Truth About Charter Schools and K-12 Education in Michigan

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:26 Feb 2017

Remarks by GLEP’s Gary Naeyaert at the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy at Albion College | February 27, 2017 Despite $14 billion/year investment in K-12, academic performance is lacking Less than 50% of students are proficient in any