Death By A Thousand Cuts: Racism, School Closures, and Public School Sabotage

Children and Youth, Education and Literacy

Death By A Thousand Cuts: Racism, School Closures, and Public School Sabotage

The members of Journey for Justice, are comprised of thousands of youth, parents, and other concerned citizens from comĀ­munities of color across the United States. They wrote this report because they need the American people to know that the public education systems in our communities are dying. More accurately, they are being killed by an alliance of misguided, paternalistic "reformers," education profiteers, and those who seek to dismantle the institution of public education. Some are being killed quickly; others are still in the early stages. But it is, at this point, quite clear that there will soon be little to nothing left of our public school systems -- and many more like ours -- unless current trends are disrupted.

May 2014

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Illinois-Cook County-Chicago, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Michigan-Wayne County-Detroit, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Minnesota-Ramsey County-St. Paul, North America-United States (Northeastern)-Massachusetts-Suffolk County-Boston, North America-United States (Northeastern)-New Jersey-Essex County-Newark, North America-United States (Northeastern)-New Jersey-Hudson County-Jersey City, North America-United States (Northeastern)-New Jersey-Passaic County-Paterson, North America-United States (Northeastern)-New York-New York County-New York City, North America-United States (Northeastern)-Pennsylvania-Allegheny County-Pittsburgh, North America-United States (Northeastern)-Pennsylvania-Philadelphia County-Philadelphia, North America-United States (Southern)-District of Columbia-Washington, North America-United States (Southern)-Louisiana-Orleans Parish-New Orleans, North America-United States-Puerto Rico-Caguas

Michigan Earn and Learn: An Outcome & Implementation Evaluation of a Transitional Job and Training Program

Community and Economic Development, Education and Literacy, Employment and Labor

Michigan Earn and Learn: An Outcome & Implementation Evaluation of a Transitional Job and Training Program

While the Great Recession introduced unemployment and underemployment to the masses, its significant negative trends aggravated already declining rates of employment in Michigan, particularly among less-educated, young, male, and minority individuals, who were then also hit hardest by the recession. As the nation began to slowly recover after the recession, Michigan continued struggling to find an economic foothold.

The State of Michigan, along with private funders, responded with the Michigan Earn and Learn program, with the goal of creating opportunities for people facing barriers to employment to pursue education and occupational training that could help them get ahead.

This evaluation report of the Michigan Earn and Learn transitional jobs program was commissioned by The Joyce Foundation on behalf of the State of Michigan.

April 2014

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Michigan-Saginaw County-Saginaw, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Michigan-Genesee County-Flint, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Michigan-Wayne County-Detroit, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Michigan

Arts Education in Michigan: Fostering Creativity and Innovation

Arts and Culture;Education and Literacy

Arts Education in Michigan: Fostering Creativity and Innovation

In the fall of 2011, Quadrant Arts Education Research, in partnership with Michigan Youth Arts, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Michigan Department of Education, and ArtServe Michigan, began a statewide study of arts education in Michigan schools. The project was designed to create a never-before-available picture of arts education in Michigan and institute baseline information for tracking and measuring future progress. This landmark study provides essential data on student access, teacher training, assessment and accountability in arts education in K-12 schools in Michigan. The data provides the groundwork to drive future arts education policy decisions that effect all Michigan students.

The principals of 4163 schools, including 718 private and 293 charter schools, were asked to complete an online survey detailing numerous building-level specifics on arts education in their schools.

October 2012

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Michigan

Afterschool in Action: Innovative Afterschool Programs Supporting Middle School Youth

Arts and Culture, Education and Literacy, Parenting and Families

Afterschool in Action: Innovative Afterschool Programs Supporting Middle School Youth

This report, released by Afterschool Alliance in partnership with MetLife Foundation, highlights the work of quality afterschool programs that support children, families and communities across the nation.

This compendium is a compilation of four issue briefs examining critical issues facing middle school youth and the vital role afterschool programs play in addressing these issues. This series explores afterschool and: arts enrichment, parent engagement, school improvement and digital learning. The compendium also includes in-depth profiles of the 2012 Afterschool Innovator Award winners, as well as highlights from 2008-2011 award winners.

The 2012 MetLife Foundation Afterschool Award winners are:

  • The Wooden Floor, Santa Ana, CA

  • Latino Arts Strings & Mariachi Juvenil, Milwaukee, WI

  • Kid Power Inc., The VeggieTime Project, Washington, D.C.

  • Parma Learning Center, Parma, ID

  • Green Energy Technologies in the City, Lansing, MI

April 2013

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Michigan-Ingham County-Lansing, North America-United States (Southern)-District of Columbia-Washington, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Wisconsin-Milwaukee County-Milwaukee, North America-United States (Western)-California-Orange County-Santa Ana, North America-United States (Western)-Idaho-Canyon County-Parma

Shuttered Public Schools: The Struggle to Bring Old Buildings New Life

Community and Economic Development, Education and Literacy

Shuttered Public Schools: The Struggle to Bring Old Buildings New Life

Large-scale public school closures have become a fact of life in many American cities, and that trend is not likely to stop now. This report

looks at what happens to the buildings themselves, studying the experiences of Philadelphia and 11 other cities that have decommissioned large numbers of schools in recent years: Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, Mo., Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tulsa and Washington.

February 2013

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Missouri-St. Louis County-St. Louis, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Missouri-Jackson County-Kansas City, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Michigan-Wayne County-Detroit, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Illinois-Cook County-Chicago, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Ohio-Cuyahoga County-Cleveland, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Ohio-Hamilton County-Cincinnati, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Wisconsin-Milwaukee County-Milwaukee, North America-United States (Northeastern)-Pennsylvania-Allegheny County-Pittsburgh, North America-United States (Southern)-District of Columbia-Washington, North America-United States (Southern)-Georgia-Fulton County-Atlanta, North America-United States (Southern)-Oklahoma-Tulsa County-Tulsa

Shifting Gears Approach to Systems Change, The

Education and Literacy, Government Reform

Shifting Gears Approach to Systems Change, The

Evaluates the Shifting Gears initiative to strengthen state postsecondary, adult basic education, and skills development systems through data, policy change, engagement, and communications. Focuses on the logic model and the policy agenda and action plan.

December 2009

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Illinois, Asia (Southeastern)-India, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Michigan, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Minnesota, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Ohio, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Wisconsin

2008 Kresge Eminent Artist: Charles McGee

Arts and Culture, Education and Literacy

2008 Kresge Eminent Artist: Charles McGee

Contains artist's statement; writings about McGee's life, art, evolution as an artist, and contribution to the African-American and Detroit artists' communities; a Detroit area map of his works; c.v.; and information on the Kresge Eminent Artist Award.

January 2011

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Michigan-Wayne County-Detroit, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Michigan, North America-United States

Good for Teachers, Good for Students: The Need for Smart Teacher Evaluation in Michigan

Education and Literacy

Good for Teachers, Good for Students: The Need for Smart Teacher Evaluation in Michigan

Michigan school districts and charter schools are struggling to support teachers in building their skills, a report by the nonprofit Education Trust-Midwest found. "Good for Teachers, Good for Students" examines 28 local teacher evaluation models across Michigan and urges the state to make a new educator evaluation system a priority.

November 2012

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Michigan

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