Category: Community

$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…

Libraries, Laundry and Lots of Fun

All evening long a little boy with the cutest curly afro ran up and down the aisle of the laundromat. His energy level was one not for the faint of heart. Ms. Q, as families call her, entered the laundromat greeted by him enjoying the view from the floor. Libraries Without Borders, Laundry Cares and Brilliant Detroit have given families access to…

We Don’t Need More Guns in Our Community. What Will It Take?

It is amazing to me that after Sunday’s church shooting that killed more than two dozen people, some Michigan legislators want to pass legislation that puts more guns in churches. In Michigan, Republican leaders are sponsoring a three-bill package (SB 584-586) that would allow licensed gun carriers to take their weapons into churches, schools, bars, athletic stadiums and other venues that…

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