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Welcome to the 2014 Graduate Michigan Action Network.  As always, we are using this network to provide timely information on a variety of topics related to promoting high school graduation in Michigan, with a focus on race equity and the importance of school success and career readiness in the cradle to career continuum.  If you have questions about any of the information provided, please contact me at the e-mail address below - I welcome your input.
 
  1. NEEDS IMMEDIATE ATTENTION:  Help us understand the issues most important to you in this year's elections.
  2. NEEDS IMMEDIATE ATTENTION:  Encourage parents to take the survey about their experiences with out-of-school time.
  3. NEEDS ATTENTION:  Join Michigan's Children at the Michigan Association for Community and Adult Education Conference to support 2nd and 3rd chances for educational success.
  4. NEEDS ATTENTION:  Help Bridge Magazine report about rural Michigan.
  5. INFORMATION:  Input taken -- the State Board of Education approves revised School Code of conduct.
  6. INFORMATION:  Latest Speaking for Kids Blog Posts
 
NEEDS IMMEDIATE ATTENTION:  Help us understand the issues most important to you in this year's elections.
 
As we turn the focus of the Sandbox Party from the primaries to the general elections, Michigan's Children would like to know more about the priorities of our networks this election season.  Please complete this short survey to help staff better identify issues that candidates need to be addressing in the coming months, and how we can help make sure that we all know where the candidates stand on issues that matter the most to our families and communities.  


NEEDS IMMEDIATE ATTENTION:  Encourage parents to take the survey about their experiences with out-of-school time.

Expanding opportunities for learning to reach beyond the school day and the school walls is one of the most important and effective achievement gap closure strategies we have at our disposal and is one of Michigan's Children's top priority issues this election season. The Early Childhood Investment Corporation is gathering information from families in Michigan about out-of-school time programs in order to support higher quality options for care.  Please encourage families who utilize out-of-school time/after-school programs to help with this survey.  The survey will close on September 3rd.  

 
NEEDS ATTENTION:   Join Michigan's Children at the Michigan Association for Community and Adult Education Conference (MACAE) to support 2nd and 3rd chances for educational success.
 
Michigan's Children is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Association for Community and Adult Education (MACAE), a group of dedicated providers of alternative education for young people, and opportunities for adults to build literacy and other skills that improve their success as parents and community members.  On September 22-24, 2014, MACAE's 2014 Fall Conference "Caring Through Collaboration" will be held in Kalamazoo in partnership with the Office of Adult Education, Workforce Development Agency.  Our staff will be leading workshop sessions on getting involved in the elections and in state budget advocacy, and we are helping to highlight the multi-generation Life Guides program of Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan with policymakers in attendance.  Join us!
 

NEEDS ATTENTION:  Help Bridge Magazine report about rural Michigan.

Bridge Magazine has launched a series exploring the hardship facing many rural communities in Michigan.  They are asking for input into that series, including assistance with identifying key issues and programs that work to highlight in future stories.  If you have thoughts to share, let them know


INFORMATION:  Input taken -- the State Board of Education approves revised School Code of conduct.

Michigan's Children and many members of our network gave their input to the Michigan Department of Education's efforts to develop a revised model code of conduct that greatly improves the state's assistance to schools as they define behaviors requiring action, and how they think about what those actions should be with students, parents and staff.  You can access the revised model code, as well as the revised policy on reducing student suspensions and expulsions, passed in May.     


INFORMATION:  Latest Speaking for Kids Blog Posts

Post-primary election reflections:

Our Kids Futures Hinge on Getting Out The Vote, by Matt Gillard, which was also published as an opinion piece in the Detroit News

Child Care Tax Credits, Part 1 and Part 2, by Mina Hong 


Sincerely,
Michele Corey
Vice President for Programs
michele@michiganschildren.org
517-485-3500 ext. 16
 




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