The House Democrats' School Reform Task Force are meeting in communities across Michigan to talk with education professionals to find real solutions for Michigan's struggling schools. The task force is a response to House Republicans' efforts to expand the unproven Education Achievement Authority across the state, even though students in the 15 schools currently run by the EAA have reported conditions detrimental to learning in those schools.
The task force investigated education reform measures undertaken in other communities and states, evaluate their success and determine whether those solutions could be implemented in Michigan.
Members of the House Democrats' School Reform Task Force include:
- Rep. Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) *
- Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton (D-Huntington Woods) *
- Rep. Theresa Abed (D-Grand Ledge)
- Rep. Terry Brown (D-Pigeon)
- Rep. Douglas A. Geiss (D-Taylor)
- Rep. John Kivela (D-Marquette)
- Rep. Collene Lamonte (D-Montague)
- Rep. Stacy Erwin Oakes (D-Saginaw)
- Rep. David Rutledge (D-Ypsilanti)
- Rep. Andy Schor (D-Lansing)
- Rep. Thomas F. Stallworth III (D-Detroit)
- Rep. Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor)
* The School Reform Task Force is led by co-chairs Reps. Brandon Dillon and Ellen Cogen Lipton.
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August 23, 2013 By Theresa Abed
I was pleased to host a recent task force meeting in my district at the Grand Ledge Public School Administration Building. Since May, task force members and I have been traveling throughout Michigan hearing from experts, teachers and parents on how to best meet the needs of our students, help our struggling schools and offer the best possible education.
January 29, 2014 By Michigan House Democrats
Michigan House Democrats’ School Reform Task Force co-chairs Reps. Ellen Cogen Lipton (D-Huntington Woods) and Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids), introduced legislation today establishing locally determined transformation processes to improve Michigan’s struggling schools, and requiring a study to determine what it actually costs to educate a student in a Michigan classroom. Both bills are proposals that were outlined in the School Reform Task Force report released in September 2013.
September 24, 2013 By Gary Heinlein | Detroit News Lansing Bureau
House Democrats are calling for a new “adequacy” standard that would be used to determine how the state funds K-12 education in Michigan.
Their school reform task force plan, unveiled Monday, would require a comprehensive study to determine the “true cost” of educating a child in a Michigan public school. This approach, they said, would ensure “the specific needs of each school district are addressed and properly funded.”
September 23, 2013 By Brian Smith | email@example.com
A group of Democrats in the Michigan House unveiled a new proposal Monday that would require the Michigan Department of Education to determine the actual cost to educate a public school student, among other ideas.
The House Democrats School Reform Task Force laid out a three-part plan which focuses on the cost of public education, increased transparency in school decision-making and creation of “action plans” to address struggling schools.