State Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

“I am appalled that Attorney General Bill Schuette has sided with House Speaker Kevin Cotter and Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, and is now calling for closure within this academic year of schools that are ‘among the lowest-achieving 5 percent of schools’ without factoring in the new legislation his party passed this year. The entire point of creating a new Detroit school district was to allow time for schools within the new district to re-evaluate...

Thursday, September 22, 2016

“I am deeply disappointed with yesterday’s passage of House Bill 4822, better known as the third-grade reading bill.  The state of Michigan continues to advance education policies that do nothing to support students that are grossly impacted by poverty, and this bill is another example of that. Advancing policies that seek to retain students without ensuring a solid foundation for reading, or wrap-around services for those who may be struggling for non-academic reasons, is wrong and...

Thursday, September 15, 2016

“The op-ed from Judge Rhodes, published in the Detroit Free Press, speaks for the many, often voiceless, Detroit teachers, parents, students and administrators, and I applaud his support for the new DPSCD. As I have stated before, the new legislation passed earlier this year created a separate district which now must not only be judged by new standards, but must be given the proper amount of time — per the SROs rules — to operate...

Thursday, September 8, 2016

“I am appalled to see that my Republican colleagues are seeking state Attorney General Schuette’s opinion and calling for the School Reform Office to close DPS schools that fall within the 5 percent mark of low-performing schools across the state, without taking into account their legislation from earlier this year, which created a new legal school district that should not be held accountable for actions created under the old district. The DPS package clearly creates...

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

“Following the release of the most recent set of M-STEP data, I am disappointed that we are still perpetuating the use of testing as the sole metric by which we judge our children’s educational success. Our children are already tested to the brink of insanity — countries where students’ progress in school is measured by a single yearly evaluation also have the highest rates of child and teen suicide — yet we continue to use...

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