On The Blog: Building toward a more equitable and just world

To commemorate Black History Month, the Michigan Department of Education hosted A Dining Room Discussion last Thursday, where nine African American women shared their perspectives on Michigan’s education system, including around current challenges and initiatives.

Education Trust-Midwest staff Lauren Hubbard and Mary Grech share reflections from the event and the group’s discussion of Michigan’s social studies standards.

Read the full post here.

Capital Update

House School Aid and Department of Education Appropriations Subcommittee and Senate K-12 and Michigan Department of Education Appropriations Subcommittee held a joint meeting this morning at 8:00 a.m. for a quarterly report on deficit districts.

House Education Committee met today at 9:00 a.m. in room 521 of the House Office Building. AgendaHouse Bill 4162 (Reilly, R) which would eliminate the requirement for high school students to take an assessment designed to measure workforce readiness, such as the ACT WorkKeys, from  Michigan’s high school requirements.

Senate K-12 and Education Appropriations Subcommittee will meet on Thursday, February 28 at 8:30 a.m. in the Harry T. Gast Appropriations Room, 3rd Floor, Capital Building. Agenda: Presentation by the Senate Fiscal Agency.

House ASC Higher Education and Community Colleges Appropriations Subcommittee will meet on Thursday, February 28 at 9:00 a.m. in room 519 of the House Office Building. Agenda: Presentations by Saginaw Valley State University, University of Michigan Flint, Oakland University, Wayne State University, and University of Michigan Dearborn. Previously, Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Lake Superior State University, Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, Northern Michigan University, University of Michigan,  and Western Michigan University presented to the subcommittee. Presentations by other state universities will continue next week.

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