Celebrating the spirit and resilience of Detroit’s students, parents and educators.

Education Plan Missing Honest Data, High Goals & Accountability

By Brian Gutman, Education Trust Midwest Every Michigan student – regardless of race, family income or disability status – deserves access to a high-quality education. Yet data on how well Michigan prepares students tells a very different story. As The Education Trust-Midwest has highlighted for years, across the board, Michigan students are far behind their peers. This is why the opportunity to…

SHE NEVER ATE HER LUNCH AT SCHOOL AND HERE’S WHY

She was quiet, completed all of her work on time, and followed the rules daily. Occasionally she laughed when the other children were being silly but at playtime she kept to herself. A pleasure to have in any classroom, teachers would love to duplicate her attitude towards learning. One day during summer camp I realized that she never ate her…

DeVos Greenlights Michigan’s Unacceptably Weak Plan for Public Education

By Amber Arellano Executive Director, Education Trust – Midwest Despite glaring weaknesses and widespread bipartisan criticism, the U.S. Department of Education has approved the State of Michigan’s proposed plans for what are supposed to be thoughtful state-level systems of educational improvement. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos approved the plan tonight. The plan, developed under the Every Student Succeeds Act, was widely…

Police Officers Know Best?

Two encounters with police officers left me and my daughter speechless. Monday: My daughter’s health class had a guest, an officer of the law who gave a presentation on driving safety tips. The basic message was, “it’s in your best interest if you just be a good citizen and follow these recommendations.” Here’s what the officer said: Keep your hands…

$50,000,000, Hope and Advocacy For Detroit Earliest Learners

Where does hope start in a city like Detroit where 14 percent of third graders read at grade level and 60 percent live in poverty?” It starts with a cohesive collaboration of community leaders, community foundations, educators, lawmakers, and parents. That’s the heart of the citywide initiative called Hope Starts Here, which heard from all of us for a full…

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