Michigan students are bright and capable. They are Michigan’s future. Nearly 1 in 5 are Black. By third grade, only 20% of our Black students are reading at grade level. 70% graduate from high school. 26% earn a college degree. For white students, 53% are reading proficient by third grade, 85% graduate high schools, and 41% earn a college degree.
Though neither set of outcomes are what any of us would expect—or accept—for our children, the racial inequities are clear.
These numbers do not reflect a disparity in student achievement, but a disparity in resources available to deliver a quality education and support healthy childhood development. This session will highlight specific policies that Michigan can enact to advance education equity and improve outcomes for our children, our communities, and our state.
Skillman Foundation President & CEO Tonya Allen will moderate a conversation with john a. powell, director of the Othering & Belonging Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, Mark Rosenbaum, director of Public Counsel Opportunity Under Law, and Danna Wilson, student activist at the University of Michigan. Hear insights from successful policy efforts that bring light to how our state leadership can work together to advance equity and grow prosperity in Michigan.