Month: November 2017

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…

What’s the Vision? Kids and Quality. What Do You Think?

By Dan Quisenberry President, MI Association of Public School Academies If you care about education, you may be like most Americans – concerned by the lack of results and frustrated by the constant arguing by adults about possible solutions. Parents want to be involved.  Taxpayers want to pay for what works.  When do we begin seeing the remarkable outcomes our children…

Detroit Public Schools Unveils New Strategic Plan. Will It Take More Than 3 Years?

The Detroit Public School Community District’s superintendent, Dr. Nikolai Vitti unveiled the district’s 3 year plan last month. It is clear Dr. Vitti is focused on including and empowering parents, servicing students and including the community as partners in Detroit’s education revamp. I had the privilege to be a part of today’s launching of DPSCD’s Parent Academy initiative. It was…

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