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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…

Dear Governor Snyder, This Is How Detroit Parents Feel About School Closures

Dear Governor Snyder, The Detroit Parent Network is a membership organization of thousands of parents across Southeast Michigan. As parents, we are asking you and the State School Reform Office (SRO) to approach the life-altering and community-changing issue of school closures with more consideration for the children and families impacted by your actions. We would also like to work with…

Dear Betsy DeVos, Your Key to Public Schools is Parents and Students

Dear Ms. DeVos: I am pretty sure what happened the other day when, as the new U.S. education secretary, you tried to tour a public school and were met by protesters, was seen as wrong in the eyes of many of those who feel you need to know what is needed in public schools. Of course you need to know as…

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