Tag: Michigan

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…

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…

The Coach I Want for Our Littlest Teams: Alicia Williams

Strategically setting up classrooms, teaching intentionally and assessing where each child is on an ongoing basis can be overwhelming without the right coach. Yet without this support, teachers can inadvertently become babysitters instead of the educators our earliest learners deserve. Which brings me to this month’s Face of The D. Alicia Williams has dedicated her life to become her teacher’s…

Detroit Families Deserve to Know How Our Kids’ Schools Are Doing

Yesterday, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) released its draft plan for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the federal law that replaced No Child Left Behind. I can say that state Superintendent Brian Whiston assembled a diverse group of organizations to participate in a working group tasked with giving MDE their ideas and recommendations on what should or…

DeVos is Blocked From Entering a Public School

Senator Knezek is a Democrat who represents parts of Detroit’s Westside, Redford Township, parts of Deaborn Heights and Garden City. I’ve had the opportunity to work with him on ed reform issues in the legislature. He is a hard worker for his constituents and he believes “all children” deserve a great education. Although I didn’t support Betsy DeVos’s confirmation as…

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