Category: Accountability

IEP, It’s a Federal Document, So Why Are These Students Still Struggling to Receive Support?

It takes a lot for parents to finally get an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) or 504 plan for their child with disabilities. Meeting after meeting, test after test, and lists of forms that seem to ask the same questions over and over again. It’s endless! The annual IEP, crafted by Child Study Teams that include specialists and parents, can include…

The Unfinished Work of Brown

By Amber Arellano Sixty-three years ago this week, the United States Supreme Court shocked the nation by publicly stating what so many Americans already knew: that separate is inherently unequal. Through their landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the court formally ended our nation’s practice of enforced segregation in our schools, enshrined in the 1896 doctrine of “separate…

No Notice, No Goodbyes: A Southfield School’s Abrupt Closing Strands 90 Detroit Families

More than a third of their students–36.7 percent, to be precise– were from Detroit. They crossed borders in search of something better, only to be walked out on by administration and teachers. The news reported today: After promising to keep the school open until the end of the school year Taylor International Charter School’s entire staff walked out. Needless 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…

Is Michigan’s ESSA Plan Working to Improve Education or Politics?

Last week, the Michigan Department of Education submitted its final plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. Governor Snyder signed off on the plan (his letter is linked here), but voiced significant concerns. As an advocate for better Detroit schools, Ishare his concerns. But ultimately, we’re disappointed that he didn’t encourage the education…