Top Ten Education State

Michigan is at great crossroads – a historic moment when our citizens and leaders must choose whether we will take advantage of major new opportunities to become a top state economically and educationally once again – or face a continued and dramatic decline that will relegate the state and its citizens to global backwater status. The path we take during the next five years will be critical in determining which destination we reach.

Research shows that the most effective path for a state to boost the long-term economic well-being of its people is to invest in improvements in education.

Today, Michigan’s K-12 system is among the weakest in the country and getting worse. Now is the time to make Michigan a top ten education state for every Michigan student.

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  • Leveraging the Power of Data for Strategic Learning and Improvement

    A recently released report by The Education Trust-Midwest leveraged the power of comparative state assessment data to provide fresh insight on Michigan’s early…

  • Bridge Michigan Opinion | Let’s get strategic in improving third-grade reading in Michigan

    Like so many of you, I’m a native Michigander who grew up proud of what I believe are shared Michigan values: a hard work ethic, a passion for the Great Lakes,…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – March 13

    Focused Efforts in West Michigan Improving Student AchievementA focused effort to improve student achievement in high-poverty public schools in Michigan has sh…

  • How Am I Making History? I’m Teaching the Students Who Will Be Written About in History Books

    Last August at a cookout, my dad pulled me aside and said, “Sis, will you just teach English this year? Can you commit to that?” I chuckled, gave him a sly gri…

  • Detroit News Opinion | Has education in Michigan hit bottom?

    For the first time in state history, Michigan public schools are able to compare their performance in some subjects to nearly a dozen other states across the c…

  • Open Your Eyes

    I was asked to share my thoughts on how I'm making history.  Specifically, I was asked to share a story/perspective I spoke about with a group of educators and…

  • Making Change and Closing Gaps

    February is Black History Month — an annual celebration of the contributions and achievements of black Americans and a time to recognize the central role Afric…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – Feb. 13

    Ensuring Honesty and Transparency in School RatingsA new system for reporting, transparency and accountability for schools was proposed in the Michigan House o…

  • Testimony on House Bill 5526 (2018) – School Accountability

    Thank you for the opportunity to testify today in support of House Bill 5526, an important and long-overdue measure for ensuring that parents and community lea…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – Feb 5

    In the Absence of ColorBelow is an excerpt from a February 5, 2018 blog post by Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning’s Instructional Coach, Dr. Tambr…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – Jan 30

    Governor Calls for Accountability, Better Funding and Transparency in Final State of the StateLast week, in his final State of the State address, Governor Rick…

  • Mich. Ed. Update – Jan 23

    Amazon Announcement Highlights Need for Educational TransformationThe following is from a January 22 blog post by Amber Arellano. Please click here for the ful…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – January 9

    New School Data Display Goes LiveMichigan parents will get their first glimpse of a new way to view school data, as the state launches data dashboards for each…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – November 28

    November is Native American Heritage MonthSince 1990, American presidents have proclaimed each November as Native American Heritage Month to recognize “the sig…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – November 21

    Ensuring that Every Michigan Student has Access to a High-Quality Education Click image to view video from the Education Trust-MidwestTake Action! Oppose Test …

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – November 14

    Take Action! Oppose Test ChangesOver the past few weeks, hundreds of letters have been sent to State Superintendent Brian Whiston and Governor Rick Snyder, opp…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – November 7

    Take Action! Oppose Test ChangesThe Michigan Department of Education recently announced significant changes to the end-of-year assessment, the M-STEP, marking …

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – October 18

    Top Educator Talent Key for Student and School SuccessThe single greatest in-school predictor of student success is the quality of teaching and learning. This …

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – October 10

    MI Voters Support Greater Improvement in State's SchoolsMichigan voters strongly support greater improvement in the state’s schools, according to a survey cond…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – October 3

    Equitable access to strong teachers critical for underserved studentsBlack, Latino and Native students, and students from low-income families, are less likely …