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SBE Meeting Focuses on Current Times, Looking to the Future

Stacy Bogard

By Stacy Bogard, CAE, MASB Assistant Director of Communications & PR

DashBoard, June 10, 2020

The State Board of Education meeting yesterday included the adoption of a Resolution to Eradicate Racism and Create More Equitable and Inclusive Schools for Black Children/All Children and a review of the proposed updates to what has been known as the Top 10 in 10 Strategic Plan to incorporate metrics.

The resolution was proposed by Judy Pritchett (D-Washington Township) and states “that the Michigan State Board of Education does hereby commit to stand against any and all acts of racism, disrespect, violence, and inequitable treatment of any person and to provide leadership with the Michigan Department of Education to support local public schools and districts in their efforts to help eradicate racism and to create more equitable and inclusive schools for all children.”

One amendment brought to the table by Tom McMillin (R-Oakland Township) was to add language that stated the SBE explicitly condemns rioting and looting, but there was not support from the other members present. As a result of this language not being added, McMillin abstained from voting on the resolution. All others present supported it; Lupe Ramos-Montigny (D-Grand Rapids) and Nikki Snyder (R-Dexter) were not able to attend. The full resolution can be viewed here.

MDE has been working with various stakeholders over several months to revise the four-year-old Top 10 in 10 Strategic Plan to include metrics among other updates. Chief Deputy Superintendent Sheila Alles and Director of Strategic Planning Kelly Siciliano Carter presented six guiding principles and eight goals with at least one proposed measurement for each goal.

SBE members were asked to provide feedback on what was shared; final approval is still to be determined at a later date.

The amended Guiding Principles presented are:

  1. All students have access to high-quality instruction regardless of their gender, ethnicity, race, economic status, native language, or physical, emotional and cognitive abilities.
  2. All educators are encouraged to be creative and innovative. All educators are adequately compensated and respected for their professionalism, and have the resources, support and training needed to educate students.
  3. All students have voice in their own learning, feel connected to their schools and have authentic, meaningful relationships with educators.
  4. All students are provided every opportunity to achieve the broadest range of life dreams.
  5. Families and communities are essential partners of teachers, support staff and administrators in the education of students.
  6. In support of students and their achievement, the Michigan Department of Education is coordinated and aligned, and collaborates with school districts and a wide range of partners and stakeholders.

The proposed Goals are:

  • Improve literacy achievement
  • Expand early childhood learning opportunities
  • Improve the health, safety and wellness of all learners
  • Expand secondary learning opportunities for all students
  • Increase the percentage of all students who graduate from high school
  • Increase the percentage of adults with a post-secondary credential
  • Increase the number of certified teachers in areas of shortage
  • Provide adequate and equitable funding

SBE members shared their thoughts around the numerous proposed metrics with concerns expressed by all that there should not be an emphasis on high stakes testing and that self-reported data is not reliable. State Superintendent Michael Rice, Ph.D. did note that measurements would be disaggregated.

MDE recognizes that the goals and objectives may not apply to or meet the needs of all districts. Once the plan is approved, each district will be encouraged to develop actions that contribute to advancing goals within the Top 10 plan and share efforts through a common platform.

Stay tuned as we continue to provide you updates as this process continues.

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