Michigan Education Update

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – May 23

    May 23, 2017 by

    Letter grades show school quality By Amber Arellano, Sandy Baruah, Dan Quisenberry and Doug Rothwell The following excerpt is from an article that ran in The Detroit News on May 19. The full text is available here. Report card time. You open the envelope, or perhaps the email, and see…

  • The Unfinished Work of Brown

    May 19, 2017 by

    Amber Arellano Sixty-three years ago this week, the United States Supreme Court shocked the nation by publicly stating what so many Americans already knew: that separate is inherently unequal. Through their landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the court formally ended our nation’s practice of…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – May 16

    May 16, 2017 by

    Michigan wants its ESSA plan back? Why a Lt. Gov. asked for a do-over The following excerpt is from an article that posted on May 11, 2017 on The 74 Million. The full text is available here. Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has one message for U.S. Secretary…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – May 9

    May 9, 2017 by

    Funding Equity of Chief Concern among Black and Latino Parents In communities of color, there is an overwhelming sense of school funding inequities. Ninety percent of Black parents and nearly sixty percent of Latino parents do not think that schools in Black and Latino communities receive the same amount…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – May 2

    May 2, 2017 by

    College Decision Day Yesterday marked College Decision Day – the date when deposits are required for fall admission at many colleges and universities – and a day to celebrate the educational accomplishments of many Michigan students. Since 2007, Michigan’s dropout rate has been reduced by 41 percent and nearly 80…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – April 25

    April 25, 2017 by

    “You need to expect students to perform at a level, because if you don’t, they won’t.” Former Lt. Governor John Cherry was back in Lansing last week, urging a senate panel not to dumb down Michigan’s high school graduation requirements – the Michigan Merit Curriculum. Cherry explained…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – April 18

    April 18, 2017 by

    MDE Submits Plan for Implementation of The Every Student Succeeds Act to U.S. Department of Education Yesterday, the Michigan Department of Education submitted their plan for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act to the U.S. Department of Education for review or approval. The Education Trust-Midwest released an…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – April 11

    April 11, 2017 by

    MDE Chooses Expediency Over Transparency In late March, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) sent a revised state education plan to Governor Rick Snyder for his review and signature. Once signed, the plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education and will direct state education efforts…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – April 4

    April 4, 2017 by

    House Votes to Lower Graduation Requirements Under a plan advanced in the Michigan House of Representatives, graduating from Michigan high schools would be easier due to lower standards for students. A package of bills, House Bills 4315-4318, would eliminate a requirement that students take a world language, would allow…

  • Education Makes a Difference: Percent of Non-College Graduate Adult Children with Income in the bottom quintile: 47 percent. Percent of College Graduate Adult Children with Income in the bottom quintile: 10 percent. Source: The Pew Charitable Trusts. Copyright © 2017 MDC

    Mich. Ed. Roundup – March 28

    March 28, 2017 by

    Michigan Merit Curriculum at Risk A four-bill package moving through the Michigan House threatens to water down the Michigan Merit Curriculum. As highlighted in a recent editorial  in The Detroit News, since the 2006 adoption of the Merit Curriculum, high school graduation rates have increased and dropout rates have…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – March 21

    March 21, 2017 by

    Under Pressure, State Supt. Drops Accountability Plan Under pressure from the State Board of Education, State Superintendent Brian Whiston has backed away from a plan that would have provided parents with clear, meaningful school accountability. Superintendent Whiston had proposed replacing Michigan’s confusing color-coded report card and top…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – March 14

    March 14, 2017 by

    ETM Urges MDE to Reconsider Backtrack on Honest Public Reporting and Accountability Earlier today, The Education Trust-Midwest urged State Superintendent Brian Whiston to use the thoughtful school accountability system proposed by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) last month. Despite best practice, the wishes of parents and the support…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – March 7

    March 7, 2017 by

    Becoming Top Ten Starts With Honest Data and Best Practice Michigan’s new plan for improving student achievement shows significant progress in some areas, yet it also disregards best practice in other areas. These findings — from a new report by The Education Trust-Midwest (ETM) — come as the Michigan Department…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – Feb 28

    February 28, 2017 by

    High academic standards help all students succeed Last week, Cheryl Corpus wrote a moving article on her story – the inspiration for becoming an educator – and how Michigan’s academic standards honor and advance the value of each student. Corpus is a national board certified teacher (NBCT), director for Michigan NBCT…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – Feb 21

    February 21, 2017 by

    Michigan Ranks Last For Student Learning According to a new analysis of national education data, Michigan ranks last for student growth and among the bottom ten states for student proficiency in fourth and eighth grade reading and math. The analysis, by University of Michigan Professor Brian A. Jacob, and…

  • TOMORROW’S BLACK HISTORY HEROES ARE IN TODAY’S CLASSROOMS. But are our schools giving these future leaders the quality education they need to reach their full potential? Your state is responsible for ensuring that they do. Let’s hold them to it.]

    Mich. Ed. Roundup – Feb 14

    February 14, 2017 by

    MDE Releases Draft ESSA Plan Earlier today, the Michigan Department of Education released their draft plan for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The full draft plan is available here. Passed in 2015, under ESSA, states have been actively developing plans for how they will measure and make available…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – Feb 7, 2017

    February 7, 2017 by

    John B. King Jr. to Serve as President and CEO of The Education Trust Last week, it was announced that former U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King Jr, will become the next president and CEO of The Education Trust, beginning on March 6. King’s leadership and life…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – Jan 31, 2017

    January 31, 2017 by

    Start with Third-Grade Reading to Improve Michigan Education In these divided times, the need to find common ground for Michigan students is more important than ever. And a good starting point to focus our collective efforts to improve education is early literacy. Research on this topic is robust and…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – Jan 24, 2017

    January 24, 2017 by

    Education proposals this year could further harm Michigan students By Amber Arellano  The full text of this article ran on January 19 in Bridge Magazine and is available here.  Whatever you think about President-elect Donald Trump, it’s clear that he has signaled a dramatically new direction for the…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – Jan 17

    January 17, 2017 by

    Confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos tonight Later today, Education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos will face questioning from U.S. Senators during her confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP), beginning at 5 PM EST. A live stream of the hearing will be available…