August 26, 2011
Graduate Michigan Action Network
Preventing School and Student Failure
The Michigan Department of Education has released its latest
rankings of all Michigan schools and has used this ranking to identify 98
schools as Persistently Low Achieving Schools (PLA). These PLA schools will
again have to develop redesign plans approved by the MDE School Reform
Office. Michigan’s Children knows that the students, school and
communities targeted by reform efforts often face layers of challenge and that
educational success is an outgrowth of successes and failures within many systems
that have been built over the course of young people’s lives. Any school
restructuring is unlikely to see intended results without a specific focus on
building and maintaining broad-based community partnerships and connecting
community resources to reform efforts. Several of Michigan’s Children’s
recent pieces have illustrated both the need for better partnerships and
strategies that increase success.
Read the MDE’s statement and more information
about low performing schools.
Michigan's Children CEO Jack Kresnak: Dropouts Need Innovative Programs
"Just weeks ago we celebrated the success of our graduating high school seniors. We went to their open houses and offered congratulations. Now many of them are going off to college, doing what we need for Michigan’s economy to prosper.
But what about the thousands of their peers who didn’t graduate? Those who dropped out or are entering their fifth or sixth year of high school. What are we doing to help them become educated, skilled workers and taxpayers?"
Read more of Jack's Op-Ed
Michigan’s Extended-Year Graduation Rate Highlighted in AYPF Issue Brief
The American Youth Policy Forum, Gateway to College National Network, and the National Youth Employment Coalition have produced an issue brief to encourage states’ use of extended-year graduation rates in adequate yearly progress calculations and incorporation of these rates into their state accountability frameworks/systems.
The Michigan data
highlighted in the brief include a nine point increase in the graduation rate
for economically disadvantaged students, and a six point increase for African American students.
To read the brief, or to
learn more about the American Youth Policy Forum, check out: Making Every
Diploma Count: Using Extended-Year Graduation Rates to Measure Student Success.
Promise Neighborhood Update
The US Department of Education has released a new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document detailing issues with the planning and implementaion grants awarded for Promise Neighborhood. For more information on the September 6th grant deadline, or to Learn about the Promise Neighborhood initiative, check out PolicyLink's website or go to http://www.promiseneighborhoodsinstitute.org/
If your organization is
interested in being highlighted by Michigan’s Children through Youth Voice or KidSpeak events, or if you would like to work with us
on advocating for youth at the local, state and federal level, please contact Beth Bennett or Michele Corey.