Michigan Education Update

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - Dec 14

    December 14, 2017 by

    Dear Friends, Like you, I’m passionate about public education. That’s why every day at The Education Trust-Midwest, my organization and I are working tirelessly to ensure that every Michigan student has access to a great public education. Since late last year, our work has reached hundreds of…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - Dec 5

    December 5, 2017 by

    Education plan missing honest data, high goals & accountability Every Michigan student – regardless of race, family income or disability status – deserves access to a high-quality education. Yet data on how well Michigan prepares students tells a very different story. As The Education Trust-Midwest has highlighted for years, across the…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - November 28

    November 28, 2017 by

    November is Native American Heritage Month Since 1990, American presidents have proclaimed each November as Native American Heritage Month to recognize “the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S.,” according to a government website. So while we celebrate that heritage, we also…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - November 21

    November 21, 2017 by

    Ensuring that Every Michigan Student has Access to a High-Quality Education   Click image to view video from the Education Trust-Midwest Take Action! Oppose Test Changes Over the past few weeks, hundreds of letters have been sent to State Superintendent Brian Whiston and Governor Rick Snyder, opposing disruptive changes…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - November 14

    November 14, 2017 by

    Take Action! Oppose Test Changes Over the past few weeks, hundreds of letters have been sent to State Superintendent Brian Whiston and Governor Rick Snyder, opposing disruptive changes to the end-of-year assessment, the M-STEP. If you haven’t already raised your voice, there is still time. Click…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - November 7

    November 7, 2017 by

    Take Action! Oppose Test Changes The Michigan Department of Education recently announced significant changes to the end-of-year assessment, the M-STEP, marking the third round of changes in six years. These changes will create disruption for teachers and students, make data less reliable for parents and policymakers, and…

  • Where Tax and Education Intersect

    November 6, 2017 by

    Last week, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled H.R. 1, a tax reform proposal that will generate much discussion in the coming weeks, as it begins to make its way through the legislative process. Proposed changes in a few areas have caught our attention, as…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - October 31

    October 31, 2017 by

    Take Action! Oppose Test Changes The Michigan Department of Education recently announced significant changes to the end-of-year assessment, the M-STEP, marking the third round of changes in six years. These changes will create disruption for teachers and students, make data less reliable for parents and policymakers and…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - October 24

    October 24, 2017 by

    MDE Confirms Major M-STEP Changes On Thursday, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced major changes to end-of-year testing, coming for the third time in six years. Join us in telling State Superintendent Brian Whiston and Governor Rick Snyder that students, teachers and parents need consistency – not…

  • Dream.  Never stop Dreaming. 

    October 23, 2017 by

    by Jose Luis Orozco, Jr. Community School Coordinator Supervisor, Kent School Services Network As a high school counselor, there is no prouder moment than when you see the students that you have worked with for the past couple of years walk across that stage to be handed their high…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - October 18

    October 18, 2017 by

    Top Educator Talent Key for Student and School Success The single greatest in-school predictor of student success is the quality of teaching and learning. This is why leading education states, such as Tennessee, have focused heavily on building the capacity of their educators – through robust feedback, the thoughtful use…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - October 10

    October 10, 2017 by

    MI Voters Support Greater Improvement in State's Schools Michigan voters strongly support greater improvement in the state’s schools, according to a survey conducted by Business Leaders for Michigan. Results of the survey were released Sept. 28. Despite their strong support for improvement, it seems that the voters surveyed…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - October 3

    October 3, 2017 by

    Equitable access to strong teachers critical for underserved students Black, Latino and Native students, and students from low-income families, are less likely to have access to strong, consistent teaching than their White and more affluent peers in school districts across the nation, according to a new report from The…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup - September 26

    September 26, 2017 by

    A Closer Look at Latino Student Achievement in Michigan As we observe Hispanic Heritage Month, we are reminded of the need to focus every single month of the year on the needs of historically underserved communities, including Hispanic and Latino students. While the educational achievement for all students in Michigan…

  • 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…