Month: May 2017

New Detroit Schools Superintendent will be the first speaker at this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference. We Look Forward to Hearing His Vision for Detroit Kids.

It is powerful and telling that the DPSCD’s new superintendent Nikolai Vitti will be among the first speakers at this year’s Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference. As a former lobbyist and legislative aide, I have attended this event for many years. From my experience. I can tell you this. The event themes may change from year to year, but…

House of Grads! Congratulations to Latonya Peterson

Latonya Peterson has a whole lot of celebrating to do. This super hero parent is often found advocating for and encouraging families in the city to be a better version of themselves. Latonya and her lovely family has three graduations to celebrate this spring. An 8th grade, 12th grade and her very own graduation. Her children are proud of her…

Perseverance and Passion: Stephanie Lapshan

Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way. — George Evans We hear so much about teachers leaving. Schools having issues holding on to the good ones. For all sorts of reasons: higher pay, change in leadership, a school’s environment. Some realize that teaching is not for them. Well I say, hats off to…

I Guess We Got the State of Michigan to Reconsider ESSA

On the same day that we posted a blog urging the state of Michigan to reconsider their ESSA plan, the state’s lieutenant governor, Brian Calley, pushes for a rework of the state’s ESSA plan that was submitted by state superintendent Brian Winston. Is it a coincidence? Who knows. But we will take it. The movement would add more accountability and…

“They should all be empowered to make those types of choices for their kids.”

By Brian L. Love and Bernita Bradley That is a quote from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Has her rhetoric from her days with the Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP) changed since becoming the nation’s education czar? I’ve supported school choice for a number of years. I live it today. My youngest child attends a charter high school. Because we understand…

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