February 26, 2010

February 26, 2010 | News Releases on Education

Education Reform Focus of Detroit Gathering

Washington, Feb. 26--Practical, parent-centered ways to reform Michigan schools will be the topic of a program Tuesday, March 2, at 6 p.m. at the Detroit Athletic Club, 241 Madison St.

A panel discussion at 7 will feature Joseph G. Lehman, president of Mackinac Center for Public Policy, the nonpartisan research center in Midland, and Lindsey Burke, an education policy researcher at The Heritage Foundation, the leading conservative think tank in Washington, D.C. Their topic: "How Michigan Can Improve Education During the Current Fiscal Crisis."

Detroit taxpayers spend $11,100 to educate each student in the city's public schools - $1,500 more than the national average. But high spending doesn't mean high performance, since only 25 percent of students graduate high school, as Burke writes, and "any fair accounting should conclude that we're getting sub-par returns on this investment."

Lehman formerly was a vice president at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington. At Mackinac, he focuses on education and economic policy research. His commentary has been featured on National Public Radio and in the Wall Street Journal and Detroit News.

Sponsor of the event is the Southeast Michigan Committee for Heritage, a group of civic and business leaders who support Heritage's conservative policy solutions.

The event, which begins with a reception at 6, also will include a screening of "Let Me Rise," a documentary on the struggle to save a scholarship program for poor children in the nation's capital. It was produced by Heritage and narrated by Fox News contributor Juan Williams.

Business attire is required, under Detroit Athletic Club policy. Registration is $30 (or $20 for students). E-mail specialevents@heritage.org or call (202) 608-1524.

The Heritage Foundation is the nation's most broadly supported public policy research institute, with more than 589,000 individual, foundation and corporate donors. Founded in 1973,it has a staff of 244 and an annual expense budget of more than $70 million.

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