Amber Arellano is executive director of The Education Trust-Midwest.
September 16, 2020 | Amber Arellano
This is the time to commit to a fairer funding system that moves Michigan from its position as one of the least fair states for educational opportunity.
We need to address the discrepancies in equitable funding that lead to less opportunity and fewer supports for students with the greatest need. To get there, the authors suggest three important steps.
January 23, 2020 | Amber Arellano
Michigan can learn much from other states, where student achievement is better overall and a Zip code doesn’t limit opportunity – thanks in part to education funding focused on opportunity for all.
March 15, 2018 | Amber Arellano
Michigan needs to follow the path of leading states, with high-caliber training and support of principals and teachers in literacy instruction.
January 19, 2017 | Amber Arellano
Michigan is already far behind leading states. So why is the state considering measures that reduce accountability and funding while making it harder for parents to get honest information on school performance?
The state must hold charter school authorizers accountable when their schools persistently underperform, a responsibility that leading education states take more seriously
May 21, 2015 | Amber Arellano
Michigan’s African-American and white students are performing dismally compared with their demographic peers across the country. We must adopt bold strategies that are working in leading states.
March 26, 2015 | Amber Arellano
The Michigan Department of Education is being pressured to avoid using achievement gap data in its state rankings of schools. If we are to improve academic success for our most vulnerable students, the state must resist such pressure.
It makes little sense to expect that Michigan students will meet more rigorous college- and career-ready standards without supporting teachers in implementing them and measuring whether students get there.