Category: Blog


The Old Way of Doing School Doesn’t Work – Our Kids Deserve Better

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:21 Apr 2020

Unprecedented times for our students are creating unprecedented numbers of parent and teacher heroes. As Michigan school districts respond to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s order requiring them to establish so-called “continuity of learning plans,” they’re realizing that students’ best advocates haven’t


Kids deserve more from school. Give them an education, not a calendar

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:20 Apr 2020

This column originally appeared in Bridge. Remember building towers out of blocks with your kids?  Like any other construction project, you start with a wide, sturdy base and you move skyward one step at a time.  Carefully, you layer one block on


Free Education Resources

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:18 Mar 2020

With Michigan schools shut down for the duration of the COVID-19 health crisis, many parents are faced with the challenge of continuing their student’s education at home. Below are some free resources to assist your family. Math Science • Arcademics


MDE’s Dirty Little Secret

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:3 Mar 2020

The Michigan Department of Education has for more than 180 consecutive days broken the state’s reporting law, failing to meet transparency requirements and refusing to publish easy to understand school report cards. But that’s not all. GLEP recently discovered MDE’s


Parents wait for Whitmer to follow the law

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:24 Feb 2020

This column originally appeared in The Alpena News. More than 175 days and just about as many excuses. That’s what currently stands between the Michigan Department of Education, where state officials are actively hiding school performance data, and Michigan parents


Video: Great Lakes Education Project Hand Delivers A-F Report to State Board of Education

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:12 Nov 2019

Great Lakes Education Project Hand Delivers A-F Report to State Board of Education Great Lakes Education Project Executive Director Beth DeShone took questions from the media moments before presenting the Board of Education and every member of the state Legislature


‘Read by Grade Three’ law helps students

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:5 Sep 2019

This column originally appeared in the Traverse City Record Eagle. The most important educational tool for building a child’s future success is the ability to read. Reading is a big predictor of success in school, work and life. Reading proficiently


‘Read by Grade Three’ law helps students

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:5 Sep 2019

This column originally appeared in the Traverse City Record Eagle. The most important educational tool for building a child’s future success is the ability to read. Reading is a big predictor of success in school, work and life. Reading proficiently


Parents are counting on A-F School Grades, state must deliver

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:25 Jul 2019

This column originally appeared in the Midland Daily News. While lawmakers wrap up their summers, they and their staffs are constructing the reforms and priorities that will dominate their discussions once they return to Lansing. Ensuring parents get report cards


The Truth About Charter Schools and K-12 Education in Michigan

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:26 Feb 2017

Remarks by GLEP’s Gary Naeyaert at the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy at Albion College | February 27, 2017 Despite $14 billion/year investment in K-12, academic performance is lacking Less than 50% of students are proficient in any