Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: Gaby Cordova, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan

Editor's note: Annually, September 15 – October 15 serves as Hispanic Heritage Month, providing a time to pay tribute to the many contributions, cultures and histories of American Latinos who have influenced and enriched our nation. Throughout the month we are spotlighting members from the Michigan Partnership for Equity and Opportunity – a diverse statewide coalition of leaders and organizations ranging from civil rights, business, civic, parent, and other sectors – and the incredible work they do for students and education equity. Born a first-generation Mexican American in Los Angeles, Gaby Cordova says that her mother instilled in her the values [...]

September 22, 2023|Advocacy, News|

Michigan Makes History as it Joins Nation’s Leaders in Investing More in Districts Facing Concentrated Poverty

New School Funding “Opportunity Index” Makes Michigan Among First Ten States in the U.S. for Innovation in Investing in Public School Districts Based on Poverty Level; New State Budget Also Makes Important Immediate Investments in Students Who Qualify for At-Risk Funding, English Learners and Students with Disabilities Statement by members of the Michigan Partnership for Equity and Opportunity coalition and The Education Trust-Midwest on Michigan School Aid Budget conference committee’s history-making vote for a new state school funding model and FY24 school budget:   Today, for the first time in Michigan’s history, Michigan joins the nation’s first ten states [...]

June 28, 2023|Advocacy, News|

Michigan Senate Joins State House in Unveiling Historic Budget Proposals

For the first time in Michigan’s history, state Senate leaders are proposing to create a much fairer school funding formula while making significant investments in public education. The transformation would be significant, especially for students who have long been impacted by education inequities – children from low-income backgrounds, Black, Latino and Arab-American students, rural students, English Learners, students with disabilities and those living in concentrated poverty. Last week, the House and Senate began advancing their versions of the Fiscal Year ‘24 school aid budget. On Tuesday, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on PreK-12 voted to approve Senate Bill 173 which would make major [...]

May 5, 2023|Advocacy, News|

MPEO members join forces in Lansing for a day of advocacy

Alice Thompson, one of the three chairs of The Michigan Partnership for Equity and Opportunity (MPEO), believes that the coalition’s advocacy work is making a difference for Michigan’s students who are the most underserved. Their efforts are opening doors to inspiring conversations with policymakers, while helping to build their knowledge about strategies that leading states practice to close opportunity gaps for students, including students of color, English Learners, students with disabilities, students living in concentrated poverty and rural areas, and students from low-income backgrounds. With that momentum, nearly 20 MPEO members banded together for an impactful day of advocacy on [...]

May 3, 2023|Advocacy|
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