Press Release

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (May 14, 2020) ― The following can be attributed to Amber Arellano, executive director of The Education Trust-Midwest:

“We are pleased to see Gov. Whitmer’s administration reach a settlement in the lawsuit filed by former Detroit students who were limited by the failures of the Detroit school system to deliver basic quality education.

No child should have to go to court to get a quality education. Today’s settlement ends the long-standing fight to ensure that every Michigan student has access to at least a basic education. Delivering on the Michigan Constitution’s promise of public education to every student, no matter their race, family income or zip code, is critical to the economy of Detroit and Michigan – and to the future aspirations of those students.

Detroit students and their advocates have asked that his lawsuit result in research-based investments, including moving to equitable school funding and literacy supports, to ensure all students are reading at grade level. These investments are not only right for Detroit students, but can provide a road map to support students in high-poverty communities across Michigan, rural and urban.”

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 The Education Trust-Midwest is a nonpartisan research and advocacy organization dedicated to improving outcomes for all Michigan students, especially for African American, Latino, American Indian, and low-income students. The Education Trust-Midwest believes in the power of intelligent education policy and practices — informed by data, research, and the successes of other states — to make Michigan a top ten education state for all students.