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ACLU of Michigan Launches “MPowerED” Campaign to End Inequality in Education

ACLU of Michigan Launches “MPowerED” Campaign to End Inequality in Education

2016-09-12 00:00:00

DETROIT—With public schools in decline statewide and Michigan tumbling from national leader in public education to faltering also-ran, the ACLU of Michigan today kicked off a major reform campaign aimed at ensuring the state honors its obligation to provide quality education to all its schoolchildren.

Democracy Watch: The Sad Disappearance of the Highland Park School District

Democracy Watch: The Sad Disappearance of the Highland Park School District

2016-07-06 00:00:00

EXCERPTED FROM THE METRO TIMES

Sitting on the front porch of the Highland Park duplex she owns, Michelle Belton looked out on what used to be Cortland Elementary school.

A single mom who works the late shift in the office of a trucking company, Belton once enjoyed the convenience and safety for her children that the school provided.

But no more.

The Right to Read

The Right to Read

2015-09-23 00:00:00

If the right to a public education means anything, it means that students should be taught to read. In a groundbreaking case that has garnered national attention, the ACLU of Michigan filed a class action in 2012 on behalf of students in the Highland Park Public Schools who are the victims of outrageously poor oversight, management and teaching controls on both the state and local levels.

MPowerED: Empowering Michigan Education

OVERVIEW

The ACLU of Michigan has devoted a large part of its mission to reforming education in Michigan. Along with our efforts to guarantee that the state’s schoolchildren have a right to read, we are also working alongside experts and activists to implement a host of other reforms aimed at boosting the quality of education in our schools.

Through our communications, legal and legislative work, we seek to shed light on some of the most pressing problems facing our school districts—inadequate funding, lack of transparency, unstable and unsafe learning environments—and to work with teachers, administrators and other experts to provide recommendations to address these problems.

We believe that Michigan has the potential to be a national standard-bearer for public education, and we think it’s our role to help push the state to such heights.

As part of this role, we have developed the MPowerED campaign, an ongoing, statewide effort to transform how we think, talk about and, ultimately, operate public education in Michigan. From capital expenditures to standardized testing, from literacy education to zero-tolerance discipline policies--Michigan has seen a dramatic decline in everything from the conditions of its schools to the resources so essential to teaching and serving students and maintaining successful districts. In big cities and small towns alike, literacy education is suffering; school facilities are crumbling; and many of the leaders tasked with fixing the problem seem torn between bad ideas for education reform and no ideas at all.

Meanwhile, many of our students—especially those in financially strapped districts—find themselves inundated with a growing host of problems that stem from the state’s educational shortcomings. In many districts, children read far below grade level. Standardized test scores suffer. Fewer Michigan public-school students are finding a path to college—or the means to stay even if they do manage to enroll.

With MPowerED, the ACLU of Michigan adds yet another dimension to its ongoing fight to make the change many of our districts so desperately need. Driven by our vision of quality education for all, we continue to take up the challenges of empowering Michigan education for one central reason: Our children cannot afford for us to fail.


VIDEOS

Ending Inequality in Education

Helping High Achievers from Low-Performing Districts

Doing More...With More

Turning the Tide on Teacher Turnover

Broadening Horizons for At-Risk Youth


KEY DOCUMENTS

Download a Copy of "Raising Readers," Our Roadmap to Empowering Education in Michigan

Download Policy Brief 1: Attending to All Students' Learning Needs

Download Policy Brief 2: Providing Adequate Learning Resources

Download Policy Brief 3: Building An Educator Workforce Capable of Literacy Instruction

Download Policy Brief 4: Supporting Literacy by Supporting Students' Communities

Download Policy Brief 5: Leading Literacy Education at the State Level

Download Policy Brief 6: Providing Appropriate Curricula

Download a PDF of our 2016 education reform mailer

Experts Join Call For State Supreme Court to Hear “Right-to-Read” Appeal

Experts Join Call For State Supreme Court to Hear “Right-to-Read” Appeal

2015-02-13 00:00:00

DETROIT — As part of an ongoing push to guarantee a quality education for all Michigan schoolchildren, 35 respected education experts today joined with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan to urge the state Supreme Court to review a lower-court decision that said the state has no legal obligation to make sure students learn to read.

ACLU Asks Michigan Supreme Court to Hear “Right to Read” Appeal

ACLU Asks Michigan Supreme Court to Hear “Right to Read” Appeal

2014-12-18 00:00:00

DETROIT — In an ongoing effort to compel state officials to enforce Michigan children’s right to read under state law and the Constitution, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today asked the state Supreme Court to review a lower court’s decision that Michigan has no legal obligation to ensure that public-school students are literate.

The True State of the State

The True State of the State

2014-01-21 00:00:00

In his State of the State address, Governor Snyder stressed the importance of pathways to prosperity in our state. 

I couldn't help but think of a young boy I know in Highland Park, struggling to gain basic literacy skills in a school without the tools to help him.

At the ACLU of Michigan, we've seen that the true pathway to a bright, prosperous Michigan is through the promise of a quality public education. A promise that has been ignored too long.

Judge Rules ACLU’s “Right-to-Read” Lawsuit May Proceed

Judge Rules ACLU’s “Right-to-Read” Lawsuit May Proceed

2013-06-27 00:00:00

DETROIT – A Wayne County judge ruled today that children in the Highland Park School district may sue the district, emergency manager and state for failing to take effective steps to ensure that students are reading at grade level as set forth by state law and Constitution. In addition, the judge set a trial date for July 22. The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed the class-action lawsuit in 2012.

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September 23, 2015 RIGHT TO READ
If the right to a public education means anything, it means that students should be taught to read. In a groundbreaking case that has garnered national...
July 12, 2012 RIGHT TO READ
DETROIT—The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a class-action lawsuit today in state court on behalf of eight students who represent nearly 1,000...
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DETROIT—With public schools in decline statewide and Michigan tumbling from national leader in public education to faltering also-ran, the ACLU of Michigan...
EXCERPTED FROM THE METRO TIMES Sitting on the front porch of the Highland Park duplex she owns, Michelle Belton looked out on what used to be Cortland...
September 23, 2015 RIGHT TO READ
If the right to a public education means anything, it means that students should be taught to read. In a groundbreaking case that has garnered national...
February 13, 2015 RIGHT TO READ
DETROIT — As part of an ongoing push to guarantee a quality education for all Michigan schoolchildren, 35 respected education experts today joined with the...
December 18, 2014 RIGHT TO READ
DETROIT — In an ongoing effort to compel state officials to enforce Michigan children’s right to read under state law and the Constitution, the American Civil...
May 15, 2014 RIGHT TO READ
“Substantial staffing reductions.” Reduced support service necessary to “meet required obligations only.” Elimination of elective classes “except to the...
June 27, 2013 RIGHT TO READ
DETROIT – A Wayne County judge ruled today that children in the Highland Park School district may sue the district, emergency manager and state for failing to...
HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan expressed dismay and concern today after attending the Highland Park Renaissance Academy...
December 07, 2012 RIGHT TO READ
Today we file a case on behalf of all the children attending public school in the City of Highland Park. We represent these children because the State and...
July 12, 2012 RIGHT TO READ
DETROIT—The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a class-action lawsuit today in state court on behalf of eight students who represent nearly 1,000...
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