Category: Newsletter

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

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

Resources to get us all through these uncertain times

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:17 Mar 2020

These are uncertain times with changes to normal activities happening daily. Now is the time for us to all step up and heed warnings for social distancing and find ways to support our most vulnerable citizens. Check in on an

MDE’s Dirty Little Secret

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:3 Mar 2020

The Michigan Department of Education has for more than 180 consecutive days broken the state’s reporting law, failing to meet transparency requirements and refusing to publish easy to understand school report cards. But that’s not all. GLEP recently discovered MDE’s

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

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

Union Exodus Signals a Sea Change as Teachers Take Control

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:16 Dec 2019

When public schools empower great public school teachers to put their students first, not the education bureaucracy or the local political boss, amazing things happen. According to striking new data from the Michigan Department of Education and reports filed by