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Can This Detroit Principal Help Her Students Learn Quickly Enough to Save Her School?

BY ERIN EINHORN, Chalkbeat Detroit Students were clearly hard at work when Principal Alisanda Woods stopped by her school’s sixth grade English class one morning last month. Some of the sixth-graders were working on a writing assignment. Others plugged away at a reading comprehension lesson, answering questions about an article they had read on conflict resolution. One child worked independently…

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…

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…

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…

This Dad Took A Trip To Lansing On A School Bus, Here’s Why

On Tuesday, October 17 2017, I had the opportunity to join members of 482Foward on a bus trip to Lansing to lobby for our educational system. Along with other parents, teachers, and former principals I had the chance to express concerns directly to certain representatives about the personal impact of school closures. I’m thankful to have found such an organized and…

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