Month: January 2017

Do Not Allow Denial to Deny Your Child of Love and Support

Crain Detroit’s Ron Fournier wrote a great interview with Michigan’s Lt. Governor Brian Calley. It tells of the Lt. Governor’s initial denial of his son’s health condition, Autism. I can relate to this issue. My son, Jamario was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 6 years old. I admit I was in denial. Initially, I was worried about how “I”…

Learning From Our Past

By Guest Blogger Robert Thornton The impending inauguration of a new president has generated significant buzz and dialogue related to our city and what the future holds for its residents. As we move to close the chapter on one of the most contentious presidential campaigns in memory, we have an unparalleled opportunity to learn from our past as we work…

A Detroit Mother’s Plea to State Officials: My Daughter has a Disability. Don’t Close the School That’s Working for Her.

Kenya Tubbs is the parent of a brilliant student at Fisher Upper. She’s also one of countless Detroit parents who are likely to lack good alternatives if the state carries through on a plan to close 38 schools. Tubbs would like the Lansing School Reform Office officials responsible for the decision to hear her and consider her child. These are…

Michigan’s Education Issues Will Be Resolved in Michigan. Not Washington, D.C.

We all have spent a lot of time observing Betsy DeVos’s nomination hearings for secretary of education. And we should. But we must remember that most of the political weight and power that will affect change (whether good or bad) in Michigan is at the state level. Right here at home.  With a Republican governor in his final term of…

Michigan Should Do Better by Students and Families or Let Someone Do the Work to Support Families During These Closings

Another week, and another blow dealt to Michigan’s students and families as a list of 38 possible school closures was released by the School Reform Office (SRO). Recent legislation charges this state agency with releasing a list of persistently failing schools recommended for closure (although there’s some debate about when that should start here). And over the next 30 to…

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