GLEP Calls for Closure of 38 Chronically-Failing Schools

Putting students first – and state law – requires closure or restructuring for schools on the “Bottom 5%” list for three consecutive years

Lansing, MI – The Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP) today called for closure of 38 chronically-failing public schools in the state, each of which has been in the lowest performing 5% of all public schools for 2014, 2015 and 2016. The state’s “Top to Bottom” ranking for 2016 was released by the Michigan Department of Education on Friday.

This list includes 25 schools in Detroit (16 DPS, 8 EAA and 1 charter) and 13 outstate schools (12 traditional public and 1 charter). 12 of the 38 schools have been on the lowest-performing 5% list each year since it was created in 2010. Continue reading

This Week & Next (Jan 20, 2017)

Betsy DeVos Pushes School Choice in Confirmation Hearing
We hope you had the chance to watch Betsy DeVos’ 3-hour confirmation hearing before the Senate HELP Committee on Tuesday evening. You can download her prepared remarks here. We think Betsy did extremely well, especially given the hyper-partisan nature of the hearing and continued attacks from the left who oppose her support for school choice. The following are a few media stories and editorials from this past week: Continue reading

Betsy DeVos Confirmation Hearing Today

 Show your support for Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education today during her confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate HELP Committee in three easy steps!

  1.  Tune in to the livestream of today’s hearing beginning at 5:00 p.m. EST.
  2.  Engage with us on Facebook and Twitter, and be sure to use #StandWithBetsy
  3. Visit, take action and urge the U.S. Senate to confirm Betsy.

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This Week & Next (Jan 13, 2017)

Betsy DeVos Confirmation Hearing Next Tuesday
Unless you’ve been away from civilization for a while, you’re likely aware that Betsy DeVos’ confirmation hearing to serve as U.S. Education Secretary before the Senate HELP Committee is slated for 5:00 pm on Tuesday, January 17. Click here to watch the hearing online. Despite the unprecedented and bitterly partisan efforts of the far left and the teachers’ unions to oppose her nomination, the following are just a sampling of recent positive media stories and endorsements Betsy has received: Continue reading

Betsy DeVos & Michigan Education

By Jim Barrett | December 18, 2016 | Lansing State Journal

Much has been written in the national media lately about President-Elect Donald Trump’s selection of Betsy DeVos to become the U.S. Education Secretary, and the role she’s played in education reform in Michigan. Most of these national media accounts are overly simplistic and just wrong, and as someone who has worked closely with Betsy DeVos for decades, I’m here to set the record straight.

We must begin with a common understanding of how poorly our school systems are performing. Today, less than 50% of Michigan’s K-8 students are proficient in any grade or any subject, and less than 20% of our high school juniors are considered prepared for college or meaningful careers. Despite the fact Michigan is a top-10 state for education spending, we’re a bottom-10 state in terms of performance. Continue reading

This Week & Next (Dec 16, 2016)

Support Builds for Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary
As you likely know, Betsy DeVos has been nominated to serve as the next U.S. Secretary of Education.  Ms. DeVos has devoted 28 years of passionate advocacy to help improve educational outcomes for all children. Despite efforts of the far left, the teachers’ unions and the defenders of the status quo to paint Betsy DeVos in a negative light, the following are a few of the positive media stories and endorsements she has received: Continue reading

This Week & Next (Nov 23, 2016)

Betsy DeVos Nominated as Education Secretary
President-Elect Donald Trump announced this afternoon he will nominate Betsy DeVos, GLEP board member, to become the U.S. Secretary of Education. Those of us who work closely with Ms. DeVos are enthusiastically supportive of her taking on this important role with the new Administration.  Ms. DeVos, also the founder and Chair of the The American Federation for Children, has devoted 28 years of passionate advocacy to help improve educational outcomes for all children.

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49 of 53 Endorsed Candidates Win in General Election

Education advocacy group pleased with 93% success rate, looking forward to new legislative session

Lansing, MI – The Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP) announced that 49 of 53 candidates endorsed by the education advocacy group were successful in yesterday’s general election for the Michigan House of Representatives. GLEP-endorsed candidates winning yesterday include 25 re-elected incumbents and 24 new legislators. Continue reading