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High-Quality, Accountable Schools Key to Education Reform

Rhetoric and political ideology should no longer drive decisions around education in Detroit. Whether public or charter, the city must have high-quality, high-achieving and highly accountable schools in order to continue its resurgence. That was the key message during the “Innovation in Education: Strategies for Success” panel, sponsored by Comcast Business Solutions, that explored the issues of impacting schools and effective reform at the Detroit Policy Conference.

Throughout the discussion, panelists stressed that consensus can only be built by bringing all parties to the table. That’s why the work of the Detroit Education Coalition has become so important. The coalition, which includes Chamber President Sandy Baruah and dozens of other regional leaders, is working across political and regional lines to recommend ideas to move the city’s education system forward.

The panel was moderated by Daniel Howes, associate business editor for The Detroit News, and included: Tonya Allen, president and CEO of The Skillman Foundation, Lou Glazer, co-founder and president of Michigan Future Inc., Dave Hecker, president of the American Federation of Teachers-Michigan, and Mark Ornstein, CEO of University Prep Schools and Detroit 90/90.