Education reform organization makes Michigan students top priority

The Education Trust-Midwest, with support from The Skillman Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation, launches this month with the focus of promoting high academic achievement and opportunity for Michigan students, primarily low-income and students of color.

Ed Trust-Midwest will provide honest information about schools and serve as a watchdog, while also working with parents, educators and policymakers in their efforts to transforms schools.

Ed Trust-Midwest founding executive director Amber Arellano, a former Detroit News columnist, said she has seen how the painful economic crisis has devastated area communities in recent years.

"For our state to get back on track, we must focus like a laser on ensuring that all Michigan kids get the great education they need to have a fair shot at achieving the American dream," Arellano said. "The Education Trust-Midwest will play an integral role in that overdue and important work."

For more information on Ed Trust-Midwest, visit www.edtrustmidwest.org .