Michigan lags in a path forward for schools

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:26 May 2020

This column originally appeared in the Detroit News. School buildings have been closed for more than two months, and districts statewide have submitted “continuity of learning plans” for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and


GLEP Statement on Detroit Literacy Lawsuit Settlement: Read by Grade 3 Law Ensures Solutions Focus on Students, Not Bureaucracy

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:14 May 2020

GLEP Statement on Detroit Literacy Lawsuit Settlement: Read by Grade 3 Law Ensures Solutions Focus on Students, Not Bureaucracy LANSING – Great Lakes Education Project Executive Director Beth DeShone provided the following statement today responding to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s settlement


Great Lakes Education Project Proudly Endorses 18 Candidates for State House of Representatives

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:12 May 2020

Great Lakes Education Project Proudly Endorses 18 Candidates for State House of Representatives 9 Incumbents, 9 New Candidates Earn GLEP’s Backing LANSING –The Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP) today proudly endorsed 18 candidates for the state House of Representatives who


GLEP: Where’s the Plan for Coming School Year? Teachers, Families Need & Deserve Clarity – Now

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:8 May 2020

GLEP: Where’s the Plan for Coming School Year? Teachers, Families Need & Deserve Clarity – Now Reformers Still Concerned Too Many Kids Could be Left Behind LANSING – On behalf of Michigan’s parents and students, Great Lakes Education Project Executive


Thank a Public Charter School Teacher!

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:5 May 2020

This week we’re observing National Teacher Appreciation Week and we’re more grateful than ever for the incredible work Michigan’s talented and dedicated public charter school teachers are doing to keep their students engaged and learning in the midst of a


The Old Way of Doing School Doesn’t Work – Our Kids Deserve Better

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:21 Apr 2020

Unprecedented times for our students are creating unprecedented numbers of parent and teacher heroes. As Michigan school districts respond to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s order requiring them to establish so-called “continuity of learning plans,” they’re realizing that students’ best advocates haven’t


Kids deserve more from school. Give them an education, not a calendar

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:20 Apr 2020

This column originally appeared in Bridge. Remember building towers out of blocks with your kids?  Like any other construction project, you start with a wide, sturdy base and you move skyward one step at a time.  Carefully, you layer one block on


School Buildings are Closed but School Isn’t Over

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:6 Apr 2020

The last three weeks have been among the most challenging in the history of Michigan’s public education system. The COVID-19 public health crisis has turned life on its head and changed the way we think about health and safety. It’s


After Whitmer Closes School Buildings for Year, GLEP Urges an Embrace of Mastery-Based Learning

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:2 Apr 2020

After Whitmer Closes School Buildings for Year, GLEP Urges an Embrace of Mastery-Based Learning, Applauds Call for Distance Learning and Option for Balanced Calendar   Reformers Still Concerned Too Many Kids Could be Left Behind LANSING – Meeting the needs


GLEP Asks Governor Whitmer, Legislature to Take Extraordinary Steps to Ensure Students Receive Full Year of Learning Despite COVID Crisis

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:28 Mar 2020

GLEP Asks Governor Whitmer, Legislature to Take Extraordinary Steps to Ensure Students Receive Full Year of Learning Despite COVID Crisis Student Learning, Achievement More Important than Arbitrary Calendars LANSING – Great Lakes Education Project Executive Director Beth DeShone today asked