Category: Newsletter


The Coming Battle for Our Kids’ Future: Mastery vs Seat Time

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:3 Dec 2019

What’s more important for our kids – mastering skills and subject matter, or simply accumulating time spent sitting in a classroom?   The answer may be obvious, but the question is at the center of a long-raging debate among education


No More Excuses

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:20 Nov 2019

State law required the Michigan Department of Education to publish A-F letter grades for each of the state’s public school buildings by September 1, 2019. They said it couldn’t be done. They said the earliest anyone could generate these report


The Fight to Overturn Whitmer’s School Cuts Is Just Starting

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:6 Nov 2019

November is National Scholarship Month and on the heels of a devastating public school funding cut from the Governor, it couldn’t come at a better time for Michigan’s kids. While officials in Detroit unveil sweeping new scholarship opportunities, the fight


The School Choice Landscape May Soon Be Rocked to Foundation

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:21 Oct 2019

The tectonic plates under Michigan’s school choice landscape may be shifting, with school choice reality as we know it ready to shift. The United States Supreme Court recently announced their intention to hear oral arguments in a case called Espinoza


Whitmer Slashes Funding for Most Public School Students in Detroit, Minority Students

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:7 Oct 2019

Governor Gretchen Whitmer last week wielded her veto pen as a vicious weapon against kids in Detroit and the public school teachers who dedicate their lives to educate them. The Governor last Monday callously slashed $240 in annual per-pupil funding


Legislature Answers the Bell, Increases Funding for Michigan Students

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:17 Sep 2019

Last week the Michigan House and Senate announced plans to increase the state’s per-pupil school funding by up to $240 per student. The nearly $400 million budget jump for Michigan’s schools is great news for public school teachers and for


Legislature Answers the Bell, Increases Funding for Michigan Students

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:17 Sep 2019

Last week the Michigan House and Senate announced plans to increase the state’s per-pupil school funding by up to $240 per student. The nearly $400 million budget jump for Michigan’s schools is great news for public school teachers and for


Promote 529s that Cover K-12 Education, Invest in Michigan Schools

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:4 Sep 2019

The summer is now squarely in the rearview mirror and schools everywhere are back in session.  For parents, it can be a relief getting the kids back to class – and getting all of those back-to-school preparations knocked off the


State Dept. of Ed Brags: ‘We’re Breaking the Law!’

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:19 Aug 2019

New teachers, exciting classrooms, fresh school supplies.  Students across Michigan have already begun heading back to school!  It’s an exciting time of year for students, teachers and parents. Unfortunately, parents who’ve been counting on action this summer from the Michigan


New State Superintendent Takes Job, Up to 3 Off-Days Per Week

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:5 Aug 2019

At GLEP, we are fighting to give students innovative options in the classroom, our great public school teachers the resources they need, and voters the accountability from state policymakers they deserve. To that end, we hope you’ll join us raising