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Update on MI Education Transparency and Annual Assessments from Edtrust Midwest

By Brian Gutman MDE Chooses Expediency Over Transparency In late March, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) sent a revised state education plan to Governor Rick Snyder for his review and signature. Once signed, the plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education and will direct state education efforts in key areas for the foreseeable future. Unlike other…

The Skillman Foundation Celebrates MI Educators

By Chanel Hampton The Skillman Foundation has done a great job of reaching out to Detroit area teachers and telling their stories. They have spent the last couple of months collecting and telling the stories of some of the hardest working educators in our community. One important story is Chanel Hampton. — Lola Mae and Joe Harris, my grandma and…

Detroit School For Digital Technology…..Can We Prepare Our Kids For the Next Century?

By Terrence M. Hicks, M.A. Terrence is a professional advocate. And his main client is the students of the city of Detroit. Please read Terrence’s thoughts and position on improving technical skills for our children in a very competitive world. Our kids are literally competing against kids from across the globe. Terrance shares the following with you….. As has been…

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…