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Celebrate Black History Month!

Annually, Black History Month is observed from Feb. 1 to Mar. 1 as a celebration honoring the contributions that African Americans have made and recognizing their central role in U.S. history. The tradition began in the Jim Crow era and was officially recognized in 1976 as part of the nation’s bicentennial celebrations. In partnership with EdTrust-Midwest, the Michigan Partnership for Equity and Opportunity (MPEO) works to close gaps in opportunity and achievement that disproportionately impact students who are the most underserved, with a particular focus on Black and Latino/a students and students from low-income backgrounds. Deidre Bounds, president at Ignite Social [...]

February 7, 2024|Advocacy, News|

Statewide Equity Coalition Lauds Equity-Centered School Funding Recommendations from the Growing Michigan Together Council

The Michigan Partnership for Equity and Opportunity – a diverse, bipartisan, statewide coalition of leaders centered on educational equity – today praised Gov. Whitmer’s Growing Michigan Together Council for including several key transformational school funding recommendations in its final report.  “State leaders made a historic commitment in June to Michigan’s students, especially those who are most underserved, when they codified in state law a new Opportunity Index – a mechanism that will drive much greater state investment in students who qualify for at-risk funding based on a school district’s concentration of poverty, regardless of region,” said Alice Thompson, one [...]

December 14, 2023|Advocacy, News|

It’s time for Michigan to invest in its most vulnerable children

From the rural reaches of northern Michigan to the urban centers of our largest cities and the surrounding suburban and exurban communities, every one of Michigan’s 1.4. million public school students deserve the opportunity to flourish in school and life. Yet, that’s tragically not the case, especially for students who are most underserved. The state’s recently released M-STEP results are just one of the many indicators that reinforce why we need to urgently transform our education system. Consider that the percentage of students scoring proficient on key subjects is still below pre-pandemic levels. For example, Michigan scores dropped in 2023 in [...]

October 10, 2023|Advocacy, News|

Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: Jose Luis Orozco, Jr., Voces

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. Originally from San Perlita, Texas, a small border town on the Texas-Mexico border, Jose Luis Orozco, Jr. is a licensed professional counselor who advocates for the Latino [...]

October 10, 2023|Advocacy, News|

Opportunity for All: A Celebration of a Historic Win and Next Steps for Fair Funding for All

More than 60 education equity advocates – including local elected leaders, state officials, educators, civil rights, civic and business leaders, supporters and partners – joined together recently to celebrate a historic school funding win for Michigan’s students, especially the most underserved.  The event, which took place at Fellowship Chapel in Detroit, was a celebration of a systemic change to invest dramatically more in students from low-income backgrounds – and discuss next steps to create a truly fair school funding system based on what leading states and research say is needed to close opportunity gaps for students with the greatest [...]

October 4, 2023|Advocacy, News|

Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: Adnoris Torres, Healthy Beginnings

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. At the age of nine, Adnoris “Bo” Torres migrated from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, to Battle Creek, Michigan, with his [...]

October 2, 2023|Advocacy, News|

Principles and Recommendations to Make Michigan a Top 10 Education State

The Michigan Partnership for Equity and Opportunity (MPEO) is a diverse statewide coalition focused on advancing opportunity and improving learning outcomes for all of Michigan’s students, particularly those who are the most underserved, including Black, Latino, and Arab-American children, those living in concentrated poverty and rural districts, students with disabilities, and multilingual learners. MPEO envisions that Michigan will be a Top 10 education state in public education, a place where all children achieve at high levels. We must act urgently to transform our education system so that Michigan’s students have the same opportunity for success as students in leading [...]

September 25, 2023|Advocacy, News|

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|

Opinion | Michigan’s education proposals show progress; more is needed

For the first time in Michigan history, state Senate leaders are proposing to create a much fairer school funding formula that would rightfully consider the concentration of poverty in individual school districts across the state, from the Upper Peninsula to the Indiana border. If passed, the Senate proposal — combined with state House leaders’ proposal to make a significant investment in students who qualify for at-risk funding — would represent a historic moment of great progress for students in a state that has long had one of the most unfair and regressive school funding formulas in America. Yet as [...]

May 8, 2023|News|
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