Author: Guest Blogger (via Bernita Bradley)

What I Think of the New CRPE Report. Tell Us What You Think?

“The goal in Michigan is to make sure that every child is receiving a quality education in a quality school, and by and large, the CRPE report helps provide a roadmap for how we can get there,” Quisenberry said. “In that regard, we feel it’s an important document that every policymaker in Michigan should study. Many of their recommendations have…

Skillman Celebrates Their Community Program Officers As They Implement the Organization’s Next Steps in Detroit

By Natalie Fotias Three Skillman Foundation team members have recently been appointed to the role of associate program officer: Ashley Aidenbaum, Matt Hoerauf, and Siobhan O’Laoire. Each of these talented folks brings a different set of skills and experience to their new role, contributing to the Foundation’s grantmaking and changemaking efforts.  The trio explains what led them to the Foundation, and what they’ve…

Gentrifying Detroit And Building Invisible Walls

When Black people began to migrate to Detroit in large numbers during the Great Migration, white Detroiters used racial restrictive covenants and other forms of housing discrimination to keep Black people out of certain neighborhoods. There were “sundown areas” in Detroit, that Black people had to stay out of before sundown. Cass Corridor was a notorious sundown area. The same…

School Closure, Good For Kids?

Dan Quisenberry, President, Michigan Association of Public School Academies School closure can be a contentious topic to consider. Closing a school means displacing families and students as well as teachers and staff. However, a new report on the effect of school closings from Stanford University’s widely respected CREDO Institute concludes that students excel when they move from a low-performing school…

BEST FIT SCHOOLS: DETROIT’S MURKY WATERS

So, this year my youngest daughter, Imani, turned sixteen and will be a Junior in High School. She is a gifted young lady and an eager student. At just four years old, Imani had already made her mind up to be a paleontologist, a scientist who studies fossil animals and plants.. Do I believe she will become a paleontologist? Of…

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