Michigan Education Update


  • New State Oversight of East Detroit Schools

    February 9, 2016 by

    African Americans & Hispanics More Likely to see a College Degree as Key To Middle Class What does it take to be considered a part of the middle class? According to a new Pew Research Center survey, black and Hispanic respondents are twice as likely to identify a college education as…


  • DPS EM Resigns and closing the ‘Honesty Gap’

    February 2, 2016 by

    Detroit Schools Emergency Manager Resigns Darnell Earley, the Emergency Manager of Detroit Public Schools (DPS), notified Governor Rick Snyder today of his decision to step down on February 29 – four months before the expiration of his term. Earley’s resignation comes after weeks of sick-outs by DPS teachers, which…


  • The time to invest in our students’ futures is now

    January 26, 2016 by

    On the State of the State: Leading states have good roads, safe water – and strong schools Last week, Governor Rick Snyder delivered his sixth State of the State address, amid serious crises facing the communities of Flint and Detroit. The Education Trust-Midwest’s statement on the address focused on…


  • Detroit Bills Filed; Having Good Schools AND Good Roads

    January 19, 2016 by

    Last week, Sen. Goeff Hansen (R – Hart) filed two bills aimed at addressing Detroit Public School’s debt and future governance. Among other things, Senate Bills 710 and 711 would create a new community school district, responsible for the education of students and ownership of school property, while the…


  • Governor Signs School Vote Ed Ban

    January 12, 2016 by

    New Law Prohibits Voter Education by Public Schools Last week, Governor Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 571 into law, despite calls for a veto from school leaders, local government leaders, editorial boards and others – including The Education Trust-Midwest. Passed on the last day of the 2015 legislative session, the…


  • Leading States show Path for MI Improvements

    December 15, 2015 by

    Kramer: Leading States Show Michigan Path for Improvement The following excerpt was posted at Crain’s Detroit Business on Sunday, December 13. The full article is available here. When it comes to failing African-American students, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Muskegon, Saginaw and Ypsilanti schools are all worse — yes, worse — in…


  • No Child Left Behind Replaced

    December 15, 2015 by

    Last week, Congress passed and President Obama signed a reauthorization and update of our nation’s major K-12 education law – the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This update, called the Every Student Succeeds Act, replaces the Bush-era No Child Left Behind Act. For nearly a year, The Education…


  • Challenges in Making MI Achieve

    December 8, 2015 by

    Amber Arellano: Challenging Work in Making Michigan Achieve for All Students Last week, Amber Arellano, executive director of The Education Trust-Midwest, joined MiWeek host Christy McDonald to discuss the state of education in Michigan and the challenging, critical work necessary to make Michigan a top ten education state. View…


  • Giving All MI Students a Top Ten Education

    December 1, 2015 by

    Giving All Michigan Students a Top Ten Education Like so many during this season, I find myself reflecting on the past year and being overwhelmed both by all that I have to be thankful for — and the tremendous challenges we face in the years ahead. A healthy and happy family…


  • MI Biz: Ed should be top priority

    November 17, 2015 by

    Business Leaders: Education should be top priority Southeast Michigan business owners and executives say education is a top priority in Michigan now, according to a new survey of Crain’s subscribers conducted by EPIC-MRA Corp. for Crain’s Detroit Business and Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. The new…


  • Gov. Snyder Signs Law to Help Students, Teachers Improve

    November 10, 2015 by

    Gov. Snyder Stands with Students, Teachers in Signing Educator Evaluation and Support Law Last week, Governor Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 103 into law, which will help establish a critical framework for providing Michigan educators with high-quality feedback and support to help improve teaching and learning for Michigan students…


  • Education in Michigan can improve, if it’s done right

    November 3, 2015 by

    Education in Michigan can improve, if it’s done right By Amber Arellano Imagine a public education system where many educators lack a clear sense of what skills their students need to learn each academic year, where instruction doesn’t build always on instruction of the previous year in a…


  • Student Scores Released: Step Forward for Michigan

    October 27, 2015 by

    Michigan Assessment Results Show Continued Need for Improvement Focus New results from the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) show the continuing need for Michigan to focus on improving student learning through research-based policy improvements, thoughtful implementation, and strategic investments. A deep commitment from everyone – from state…


  • Busy week in MI education transformation!

    October 20, 2015 by

    Michigan Leaders Learn from Top Education States Last week, The Education Trust-Midwest brought together education, business, and community leaders, for an opportunity to learn from the architects of leading states’ education transformation plans, such as Massachusetts and Tennessee. The meeting will bestreamed tomorrow, October 21 at 10 a.m…


  • Parents Want Tests to Work for Kids

    October 13, 2015 by

    Parents Want Tests to Work for Kids Parents understand the value of assessments, but want them to be a tool for improving learning, not just a tool for the system. That’s according to the findings Education Post’s 2015 Parent Attitudes Survey. Last year, Michigan took an important step…


  • Making Progress for MI Students

    October 6, 2015 by

    Progress for MI Students: Responsible Educator Evaluation & Support Measure Moves Forward In a major step toward making Michigan a top ten education state, a bill to improve the quality of feedback and support for Michigan educators was approved by the House Education Committee on October 1, in a bipartisan, 14…


  • Fulfilling the Promise of Pell

    October 5, 2015 by

    In its latest report, The Education Trust examines graduation rates for Pell Grant vs. non-Pell Grant students. This is the first time this data has been compiled and made publicly available. Here are a couple top line takeaways: The national average institutional graduation gap between Pell students and…


  • Becoming Top Ten – Starting with Early Literacy‏

    September 29, 2015 by

    Bill aimed at improving early literacy moves to the full house All Michigan students should have access to great educators and public schools – and be reading by third grade.  Early literacy skills are the foundation of learning not only for school, but for life. That’s why Ed Trust-Midwest…


  • Becoming Top Ten – Starting with Early Literacy‏

    September 22, 2015 by

    MI Lawmakers Focus on Early Literacy The Michigan House of Representatives has turned its attention to policies aimed at helping Michigan schoolchildren become better readers by the end of third grade, with hearings on House Bill 4822(Price – R) over the past two weeks, and an additional hearing and possible…


  • Hope in this new school year

    September 15, 2015 by

    From the Executive Director: Hope in this New School Year By Amber Arellano, Executive Director       Hope. That’s what is guiding my new school year — great hope and faith for better public schools and lives for all Michigan students. When I shared this with a colleague, he seemed skeptical. “Hope…