The Equity Edition: A call for prioritizing public education and equitable budget strategies
Ed Trust-Midwest Joins Business, Civil Rights and Civic Leaders to Call for Investment in Michigan’s Students
In a new analysis, ETM unveils equitable funding options to shield vulnerable students amid projected budget shortfalls
At a time of great inequality of opportunity deepened by the COVID-19 crisis, The Education Trust-Midwest and a broad cross-section of business, civil rights and civic leaders launched a new campaign – Opportunity for All – to call on state leaders to invest in Michigan’s students and adopt a system of fairer education funding – including in immediate state budget decisions – as leaders grapple with projected shortfalls for the FY 2021 budget.
Opportunity for All Campaign
The Education Trust-Midwest and a broad cross-section of business, civil rights and civic leaders who support education equity invite you to join a new campaign — Opportunity for All — to elevate the importance of equity of opportunity for all students in Michigan’s public education system and state decision-making.
Will you join the Call to Action? Your support means that you will receive regular updates in the effort to ensure Opportunity for All.
Federal Stimulus Funds for 2020-21 Must Invest in Education
Congress will soon begin negotiations on an additional coronavirus relief package with Senate Republicans have introducing their proposal. The following is a statement by Amber Arellano, executive director, The Education Trust-Midwest
“As states, districts, and schools develop and implement reopening plans for the 2020–2021 school year, they need substantial additional federal support to protect students and to address students’ unfinished learning. Now is the time to not only protect education funding, but prioritize education funding over other areas of the budget and invest in research-based strategies to accelerate student learning.
“The recession induced by COVID-19 has, and will continue to, decimate state and district revenues. On top of that, states, districts, and schools will face additional costs to provide the academic, health, and emotional support that students will need when they return to school. The Council of Chief State School Officers indicated that school systems may need as much as $244.6 billion in additional funding to safely reopen school buildings and serve all students, while other estimates suggest this may require $305 billion. In recognition of both increases in cost and reductions in revenue, 70 education organizations have urged Congress to provide at least $500 billion total in additional state budget stabilization funds, the K-12 share of which should be at least $175 billion. The amount proposed in the relief package by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Lamar Alexander, and Senator Roy Blunt is deeply insufficient to meet the challenges facing our schools and students.
“Federal COVID-19 relief legislation must pay particular attention to the unique needs of students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, English learners, students with disabilities, and students experiencing homelessness, foster care, or engaged in the juvenile justice system. These students have been historically underserved in education and disproportionately affected by the health, economic, and educational impacts of the virus. Dedicated funding through the programs with expertise in identifying and serving these students, including the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth program, must be included.
“To that end, critical provisions are needed to protect the rights of historically underserved students and ensure federal funding is appropriately targeted to those who need it most.”
- Education leaders call for funding that protects Michigan’s vulnerable students – Jennifer Chambers, The Detroit News
- Report: Here’s how Michigan could protect vulnerable students from COVID budget cuts – Koby Levin, Chalkbeat Detroit:
- The Detroit Free Press: Should wealthy districts bear the brunt of school cuts – John Wisely, The Detroit Free Press
- Segregation Forever: New Report Shows Selective Universities Failing Black And Latino Students – Stephen M Gavazzi, Forbes
- State superintendent asks Michigan lawmakers to consider changes to back-to-school plans – Sam Knef, WWMT