Category: Poverty and Education

Chalkbeat Detroit Talks About 3rd Grade Reading, Detroit’s School Plan and Healthcare

Chalkbeat Detroit’s Erin Einhorn covers several important topics about education in Detroit this week. The Detroit Public School District’s new strategic plan will tackle serious issues such as 3rd Grade Reading, that 12 more are schools being added to the state of Michigan’s education partnership program and addressing healthcare issues with Detroit students. And how will the Detroit Public School…

Detroit Public Schools, Why This Parent Returned

Allen has a 3.8 GPA and his twin sister Allison has a 4.0. They can explain to you from a scientific perspective why they are not identical twins and why she stands almost a foot taller. At any given moment you can find them discussing forensic science or how to build a computer program system. Yeah, it takes a lot…

The White House has Michigan Enemies In High Places

As if Michigan has not suffered enough under the leadership of those who seem to despise public education, our country may just follow suit. Education Secretary Betsy Devos, the Public Educations nemesis, has another Michigan partner joining her in Washington. What will become of our public schools in this country? With Devos’ recent additions to her team in the White House,…

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…

When Privilege Joins A Conversation About Parents Selecting Schools!

It’s always a good thing to have conversations with people who don’t understand why or how education for kids of urban communities differ from those in the suburbs. This one went a little to the right as one women acknowledged her privileged. She is parent (C). She then attempts to advise another mom (S) to use her privilege to just…

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