Michigan Education Update

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - September 19

    September 19, 2017 by

    Observing Hispanic Heritage Month The following excerpt is from a September 18, 2017 blog post. Read the full post here. This year, Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, comes at a remarkable period in our country’s history. In recent months, we have seen…

  • Observing Hispanic Heritage Month

    September 18, 2017 by

    This week begins the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The annual observance is a time for “paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society,” according to federal agencies marking the month with…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - September 12

    September 12, 2017 by

    Standing With Our DREAMers The following excerpt is from a September 7, 2017 blog post by Amber Arellano. Read the full post here. This week, as millions of American students headed back to school, hundreds of thousands of young people – the “DREAMers” – learned the Trump administration would no longer protect…

  • Standing with our DREAMers

    September 7, 2017 by

    This week, as millions of American students headed back to school, hundreds of thousands of young people – the “DREAMers” – learned the Trump administration would no longer protect them from deportation, as they strive to achieve the American Dream. Let us be clear, this debate is not about immigration policy…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - September 5

    September 5, 2017 by

    M-STEP Results Show Need to Build on Progress, Not Reset the Clock Results from the Michigan Student Test for Educational Progress (M-STEP) released last Tuesday, means that for the first time in many years, Michigan has reliable data for measuring how well students and schools are performing against…

  • New Concerns in Michigan's Fourth Take at an ESSA Plan

    August 25, 2017 by

    This year, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), and states across the nation, have put together new education plans describing how the state will implement the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. This process has presented a tremendous opportunity for state leaders to set ambitious goals, learn from…

  • Special Edition: Mich. Ed. Roundup - August 17

    August 17, 2017 by

    Hate comes in many forms, and we must stand up to them all By Amber Arellano The following article ran in the Detroit Free Press on August 17 and is available here. The outcry against the hate displayed in recent days in Charlottesville will fade. It is easy to be…

  • Standing Up To Hate

    August 16, 2017 by

    The outcry against the hate displayed in recent days in Charlottesville will fade. It is easy to be outraged when racism is marching up the street waving a bright red flag. As a parent, a Latina and the leader of an organization that celebrates diversity and relentlessly advocates for…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - July 25

    July 25, 2017 by

    Analysis Shows Opportunities Realized and Lost in Michigan Budget Earlier this month, Governor Snyder signed a new school aid budget for fiscal year 2018, which begins in October 2017. A new analysis from The Education Trust-Midwest focuses on key opportunities realized and lost through the state budget. Education and…

  • Mich. Ed Roundup - June 27

    June 27, 2017 by

    Please note: During the summer, The Education Trust-Midwest will email monthly newsletters on the last Tuesday of each month. Our next newsletter will be on Tuesday, July 25. Weekly newsletters will resume on September 5. Last week, the Michigan Legislature approved a more than $14 billion schools budget…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - June 20

    June 19, 2017 by

    Why We’re Worried About Assessment Changes…And Why You Should Be Too Last week, Ed Trust-Midwest summarized the highlights, and lowlights, of the proposed state budget. One of the concerns that we raised centered on language that would require the Michigan Department of Education to change state…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - June 13

    June 13, 2017 by

    Mixed News for Students in New Michigan Education Budget, Especially for Low-Income Students and Students of Color Michigan’s new budget provides reasons for worry and celebration for students – especially for low-income students and students of color. Equitable access to rigorous instruction is one of the most important…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - June 6

    June 6, 2017 by

    State's M-STEP Implementation Shows Major Progress Last week, Michigan students finished the third round of annual state assessments using the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP). While data from the assessment will not be publicly available until later this summer, one thing is clear: Michigan has…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - May 31

    May 31, 2017 by

    School Chiefs on Critical Assurances for School Choice Last week, a bipartisan group of reform-minded district and state superintendents, with extensive experience with charter schools and other forms of school choice, issued a statement on any proposal for the expansion of school choice, such as the Trump Administration’s…

  • 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…