Press Release

Ed Trust-Midwest joins business, education, philanthropic and other organizations to deepen collective P-12 efforts

Royal Oak, Mich. (June 20, 2018) – Today, the Education Trust-Midwest joins with more than a dozen other organizations to announce a new initiative and partnership, called Launch Michigan, that will deepen work advocating for improved student learning outcomes for all of Michigan’s students. The groups outlined their plans at a press conference in Lansing this morning.


“We know that the most effective way for any state to boost the short and long-term well-being of its people is to invest in improvements in education,” according to Amber Arellano, executive director for the Education Trust-Midwest, a leading nonpartisan, data-driven education policy, research and advocacy organization.


“This new partnership can make a big difference in advancing the pursuit of educational excellence and equity for all Michigan students, and can be a tremendous resource in 2019 when our state has a new governor and many new state lawmakers.”


The Ed Trust-Midwest will serve as a lead organization in policy expertise, research and data analysis, working in concert with the diverse partners committed to this work. This new effort is aligned with ETM’s successful Michigan Achieves campaign to make Michigan a top ten education state for all groups of students.


“For years, we’ve been working to build a movement for educational excellence and equity for all students in the state,” Arellano said. “This new partnership helps further build that movement in Michigan.”


In addition to ETM, the groups involved in Launch Michigan are:
American Federation of Teachers Michigan
Business Leaders for Michigan
Center for Michigan
Council of Michigan Foundations
Detroit Economic Club Young Leaders Board
Detroit Regional Chamber
Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Grand Valley State University Charter Schools Office
Kent Intermediate School District
Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce
Macomb Intermediate School District
Michigan Association of School Superintendents and Administrators
Michigan Association of School Boards
Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals
Michigan College Access Network
Michigan’s Children
Michigan Department of Education
Michigan Education Association
Michigan Nonprofit Association
Middle Cities Education Association
School Finance Research Collaborative
Skillman Foundation
Small Business Association of Michigan
Talent 2025
Teach for America-Detroit
Traverse City Chamber of Commerce
United Way for Southeastern Michigan
Wayne RESA
Tom Haas, Grand Valley State President & Chair, Governor’s 21st Century Education Commission