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Let’s Talk: Education Equity from Advocacy to Implementation

Over the past few years, the State of Michigan has dramatically increased its investment to support out-of-school-time learning. There is greater bi-partisan recognition that an exceptional and equitable education system requires investment in learning opportunities after school and over the summer. 

Budgeting the dollars is only part of the solution. Education advocates are ensuring there is an equitable process to distribute funding so kids who need more support receive it. 

This Let’s Talk event will feature education advocacy leaders who secured public dollars and took an innovative, equitable approach to implementation by listening to community members for whom the education system is currently failing.

Deondra Ramsey of the Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential (MiLeap), Erin Skene-Pratt of Michigan Afterschool Partnership and (newly added speaker) Punita Dani Thurman, vice president of strategy at The Skillman Foundation, will discuss what must happen in education policy creation, implementation, and funding to ensure all Michigan youth thrive. They’ll share a case-study example of Michigan’s $50M grant fund for out-of-school program providers and talk about what’s ahead in Michigan’s next budget cycle.

Want public dollars to have their greatest impact? Learn from leaders who are working toward this very end.

The Skillman Foundation

The Skillman Foundation is a grantmaking organization established in 1960 by Rose Skillman. We have granted out more than $730 million and have served as a vocal advocate to strengthen K-12 education, afterschool programming, child-centered neighborhoods, youth and community leadership, and racial equity and justice.

We are in the process of developing a new strategic framework, co-designed with Detroit youth and their champions.

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