Month: March 2017

Think States Won’t Retreat on School Accountability? Think Again.

BY Lane Wright Just a few hours after the country’s chief education official put out guidelines saying states no longer have to give each school a single, overall score for performance (aka a summative rating), Michigan announced it’s dropping its plan for an A-F school grading system. Instead they plan to use a dashboard–a display of high-level information kind of…

Is the Phoenix Legacy No More?

By Imani Harris Let me start this article by saying that in no way do I agree with rating students on test scores. We are more than that, and our test scores do NOT represent our intelligence. There is a better way, and one day we’ll find it. Still though, as a Renaissance student, dropping from the 98th percentile to…

Hey You in the Big White House: Single Mothers Watch Educational TV, Too! PBS funding cut comes cloaked in insults stereotyping Detroit families

Once again Detroit is threatened with cuts that affect its children. This time, we’re being asked to believe that the cuts—deep, dangerous ones—is being done to help single mothers in Detroit. Thursday White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney several times said the federal budget proposal to slash public broadcasting, school lunches and the pre-K program Head Start is “one of…

Absentee Parents: They do Care!

Dear urban planners, developers, education game changers and community organizers, Please believe us, we know what we are talking about when it comes to our children and communities. Too often people of color, poverty stricken communities and young parents are deemed to not know what they need to make things better. Plans are made before consulting directly those whom they…

Meaningful Accountability Is At Risk

By Brian Gutman According to recent news reports, the State Superintendent is planning to move away from the clear and meaningful accountability system that was proposed in the draft plan (details below). In place of robust accountability, the MDE may use only a dashboard with more than 20 measures–both strong and weak. While this information should be available to parents,…

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