Amber Arellano


Opinion | Let’s get strategic in improving third-grade reading in Michigan

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.

Education proposals this year could further harm Michigan students

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?

We need performance-based charter authorizing system

February 11, 2016 | Amber Arellano, Sunil Joy

The state must hold charter school authorizers accountable when their schools persistently underperform, a responsibility that leading education states take more seriously

Michigan schools’ march to the bottom requires wholesale reform

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.

Michigan must continue to hold schools accountable for achievement gaps

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.

Teachers need more training and resources to teach to higher standards

April 24, 2014 | Amber Arellano, Steve Cook

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.