Michigan Education Update


  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – August 2

    August 2, 2016 by

    Please Note: During the summer, The Education Trust-Midwest will email monthly newsletters on the first Tuesday of each month. Weekly newsletters will resume on September 6. Haycock: Achieving Racial Justice Is A Job For All Of Us This excerpt is from a letter from Kati Haycock, CEO of The…


  • Michigan Education Roundup – July 5

    July 6, 2016 by

    State Study Finds School Funding Inequitable A long-awaited study on the adequacy of school funding in Michigan has been released, highlighting the need for more equitable funding in Michigan. The study reinforces findings of a 2015 report on school funding by The Education Trust. Despite having higher levels of…


  • State moves ahead with schools budget and DPS debt relief 

    June 14, 2016 by

    Please note: During the summer, The Education Trust-Midwest will email monthly newsletters on the first Tuesday of each month. Our next newsletter will be on Tuesday, July 5. Weekly newsletters will resume on September 6. State budget a good step toward improvement Last week, the Michigan Legislature adopted the…


  • School budget moves forward

    June 8, 2016 by

    Budget for Schools Moves Forward On Thursday, June 2, the House and Senate conference committee for school aid reported their budget. Highlights of the compromise budget include: No changes to the current state assessment system. Maintaining consistency in assessments is important for ensuring honest and transparent information for students, parents…


  • Mackinac Preview

    May 31, 2016 by

    ‘Money alone is not the sole answer’ to school improvement Improving Michigan’s public schools will be one of the central topics at this week’s Mackinac Policy Conference, where Michigan leaders gather each year to consider some of the state’s most pressing challenges. But in Michigan, and…


  • Mich falling behind rest of nation in education

    May 24, 2016 by

    Far from top ten in education, Michigan is falling further behind the rest of the nation Michigan is falling further behind its goal of becoming a top ten education state by 2030, according to a report issued last week by the Education Trust-Midwest. ETM’s analysis shows Michigan is…


  • Mich schools deserve stability

    May 17, 2016 by

    Rothwell: Michigan schools deserve stability Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan, called for state leaders to stay the course on higher standards and aligned assessments in a strongly worded letter published by The Detroit News on Tuesday, May 9. Below is an excerpt; the full article…


  • House Passes DPS Plan

    May 10, 2016 by

    House Passes Plan for Detroit Schools Last week, the House of Representatives passed their plan for Detroit Public Schools on a party line vote. The House plan creates and funds a new school district that is responsible for educating students, employing teachers and maintaining buildings, while the current school district…


  • Mich. Needs Better Prepared Grads

    May 3, 2016 by

    Too Few Students Prepared for College or Career New data from the “Nations Report Card” show that high schools have not prepared students – especially low-income students and students of color – to pursue whatever postsecondary path they may choose after high school. Results from the 2015 12th-grade National Assessment…


  • Bill Threatens to Move Mich. Backward

    April 26, 2016 by

    Anti-Standards Bill Threatens to Move Michigan Backward Earlier today, the State Senate Education Committee passed a bill by a vote of 4-1 that would stall the progress that Michigan has worked so hard to achieve, by eliminating career- and college-ready standards for all students. Instead, Michigan would…


  • Learning from TN Success

    April 19, 2016 by

    Learning from Leading States: Huge Improvements In Tennessee As highlighted last week, Michigan’s students have lost substantial ground in student learning compared to other states over the last decade, particularly in early literacy. This is particularly troubling, as early literacy is a strong indicator of student success in school…


  • FL Shows Path to Top Ten

    April 12, 2016 by

    Learning from Leading States: Florida’s Upward Trajectory Michigan’s students have lost substantial ground in student learning compared to other states over the last decade, particularly in early literacy. Third-grade literacy is one of the most important early predictors of later student success – not only for high school…


  • Diploma in Hand but No Path Forward

    April 5, 2016 by

    Are Schools Preparing Students to be College- and Career-Ready? New Report Says No. Forty-seven percent. This figure represents the share of American high school graduates who complete neither a college- nor career-ready course of study, according to a new report released today by The Education Trust. The…


  • Flurry of Action before Break & Detroit Scholarship

    March 29, 2016 by

    Tuition-Free Promise for All Detroit High School Grads Last week, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced that all Detroit high school graduates will be guaranteed two years of tuition-free college education. The commitment is made possible through the Detroit Promise Zone, which will begin collecting tax revenue for the…


  • Charter Success in Ann Arbor

    March 22, 2016 by

    Ann Arbor Charter Outperforms Local District, ISD and State in Reading Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) first authorized Honey Creek Community School of Ann Arbor in 1995. Naomi Norman, executive director of achievement initiatives at WISD, says they were unwilling to compromise on high standards for increased flexibility. “WISD was…


  • Testimony on Early Literacy Bill: Improvement Starts with Good Policy

    March 15, 2016 by

    ETM Testifies on Early Literacy Legislation: Improvement Starts with Good Policy Earlier today, The Education Trust-Midwest gave testimony on House Bill 4822, legislation aimed at improving literacy proficiency. Students who are unable to read proficiently by third grade are much more likely to drop out of school, not have…


  • Detroit Charter Aims to Be Finest in the Nation

    March 8, 2016 by

    Detroit Charter Aims to be “Finest K-8 School in the Nation” The following excerpt is from Accountability for All: 2016. For more on Detroit Merit Charter Academy, click here. Detroit Merit Charter Academy is a K-8 charter school authorized by Grand Valley State University. More than 90 percent…


  • W. Mich Charter’s Impressive Improvement

    March 1, 2016 by

    West Michigan Charter Shows Impressive Improvement The following excerpt is from Accountability for All: 2016. For more on Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center, click here. Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) considers its one charter, Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center, as “part of the district’s portfolio of school choices,” Mary…


  • Report: Michigan’s Overall Charter Authorizer Performance Devastatingly Low

    February 23, 2016 by

    House Members Announce Legislation on Detroit Schools High-performing charter schools are one of states’ important tools to ensure low-income students and children of color have access to great public education – but only if they’re truly high-performing,Amber Arellano told Chastity Pratt Dawsey on Detroit Today . Michigan…


  • Report on MI charter authorizers & Gov’s 2016-17 budget

    February 16, 2016 by

    Accountability for All 2016 Michigan charter school authorizers’ performance overall has improved marginally over the last year, but remains terribly low compared to leading education states’ charter sectors. That’s one of the key findings from a new report from the nonpartisan Education Trust-Midwest. Three Michigan public universities – Northern…