On December 18, 2019, a diverse panel of state business, education, civic and philanthropic leaders unveiled their vision for providing stronger learning opportunities to all Michigan children, and outlined a set of phase one recommendations for making that vision a reality.
“Is Michigan the worst state in the U.S. when it comes to our learning outcomes? Of course not. But should we be doing much better than we are today? Absolutely,” said Tonya Allen, Launch Michigan co-chair and president & CEO of the Skillman Foundation. “That is why those of us working within the Launch Michigan framework have spent thousands of hours reviewing and discussing strategies for improving our state’s K–12 outcomes.”
Launch Michigan team members have chosen three simple core priorities to underlie all its work: (i) preparing graduates, (ii) ensuring rapid improvement, and (iii) closing equity gaps.
During the first phase of its work, Launch Michigan plans to focus on boosting elementary literacy and providing all children with the great teachers they deserve.
Launch Michigan’s recommendations are supported by findings from a March 2019 survey of 17,000 Michigan educators, which identified additional literacy resources as a critical gap in their schools.
To access the full Launch Michigan recommendations, please visit www.LaunchMichigan.org.
Launch Michigan is an unprecedented partnership of business, education, labor, philanthropy, and civic leaders, as well as parents, who care about education and Michigan’s collective future. Launch Michigan is working to create a high-quality, student-centered system–one that helps every student succeed in school, in their careers, and in life, and that a strong, thriving public education system is the cornerstone of successful kids, prosperous communities, and a strong economy.
MSBO participated in the Launch Michigan Finance Workgroup discussions in late 2018 and early 2019 related to an equitable, student-centered education system and funding model.
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