Education and Income Inequality

There have been various suggestions mentioned thus far in the semester in regards to fixing the income inequality issues we endure in Michigan. A very common response is to increase education. This has a lot of validity, as "Basically, the higher the education level, the higher the income. For example, people with professional degrees earned 6x as much as people who did not graduate from high school (in 2009: $128,000 vs. $20,000)." With this in mind, I aim to focus this discussion on how improving the Michigan school system can help close the income inequality gap.

According to an article on MichiganRadio, "Amazon left Detroit off its short list.  The web giant cited problems with Michigan’s “talent” pool pipeline, including Kindergarten through 12th grade. But a coalition consisting of students, educators and civic leaders see an opportunity. The Detroit Education Justice Coalition includes 482Forward, ACLU Michigan, the American Federation of Teachers-Michigan, the Detroit Federation of Teachers, Good Jobs Now, MOSES, and the Student Advocacy Center.  The coalition announced Tuesday it is delivering letters to Gilbert and the other Michigan business leaders involved in the failed Amazon bid.  The letters invite them to help improve Michigan’s public schools."

Do you think coalition groups like this could improve the education system? Furthermore, can improving the education system actually decrease the wage gaps? Draw upon your knowledge from the first two weeks of the course (when we discussed the Michigan education funding issues), as well as previous conversations on the Caucus. If you think improving education will actually help the wage gap, how can we go about this legislatively?