Self-Contradictory Levin Center Report Challenges State University Autonomy

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:26 Feb 2020

Report Ignores Public Charter School Accountability Standards that Outpace Traditional Schools while Pushing to Limit Independence of State Universities LANSING – Great Lakes Education Project Chairman Jim Barrett today challenged the Levin Center at Wayne State University to reverse course


MDE Quietly Publishes Data It Claims It Needs for A-F Report Cards – But Still Refuses to Produce A-F Report Cards

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:24 Feb 2020

175 Days and Counting – Michigan Department of Education Actively Breaking Michigan Law to Hide School Performance Measures from Parents LANSING – The Michigan Department of Education has for more than 175 consecutive days broken the state’s reporting law, failing


Parents wait for Whitmer to follow the law

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:24 Feb 2020

This column originally appeared in The Alpena News. More than 175 days and just about as many excuses. That’s what currently stands between the Michigan Department of Education, where state officials are actively hiding school performance data, and Michigan parents


Another Budget, Another Fight for Fair Funding

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:17 Feb 2020

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has presented her budget for fiscal year 2021, and public school students who need help the most find themselves – once again – in the governor’s crosshairs. The governor’s proposal made big headlines for offering to reimburse


On Schools and Students, Whitmer and Trump Offer Different Visions

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:7 Feb 2020

There are busy weeks for education reform in Lansing, and then there are these last two weeks. In just the last 10 days, voters have watched: Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered her State of the State address calling on educators to


GLEP: Michigan Students Big Winners in Trump’s State of the Union Address

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:4 Feb 2020

GLEP: Michigan Students Big Winners in Trump’s State of the Union Address President Promotes Education Freedom Scholarships, Opportunities that Meet the Unique Needs for Every Student LANSING – Great Lakes Education Project Executive Director Beth DeShone today thanked President Donald


GLEP: Governor Whitmer Wrong to Wash Her Hands of Michigan’s Struggling Readers

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:29 Jan 2020

GLEP: Governor Whitmer Wrong to Wash Her Hands of Michigan’s Struggling Readers Reports Say Governor to Unveil Initiative to Undermine 3rd Grade Reading Law, Critical Reading Supports for Struggling Students LANSING – Great Lakes Education Project Executive Director Beth DeShone


Education and the State of the State

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:29 Jan 2020

Today, Governor Whitmer will offer her second State of the State address. Last year she made vast promises but struggled to deliver – in particular for our students. We witnessed her veto funding to some of Michigan’s most vulnerable kids,


Parents Pray SCOTUS Ends Religious Discrimination in Education

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:20 Jan 2020

The Supreme Court of the United States this week will take up a case with the potential to rewrite the school choice landscape across the nation. The case, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, has parents taking aim at anti-Catholic


New Year, Same Critical Focus – Education is about the Kids

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:8 Jan 2020

A new year is here, and with it a new set of challenges and opportunities to improve Michigan’s education policy and outcomes for our kids. While the legislature and policymakers make their way back to the state Capitol, GLEP is