Our work locally and across the state has always focused on ensuring that all school districts are fully and fairly funded. Some of our specific campaigns include advocating for increased revenue for the most underfunded districts, weighted funding formulas, community members to have a say in budgeting ESSER funds (2021-22), and more.
We understand the impact election outcomes have on our students, families, and schools. 482Forward staff and members ensure our communities understand the electoral process and cast informed votes in every election. This year, we are offering training sessions across the state for community members interested in running for their local school boards.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Multiple Action Teams are prioritizing campaigns that address mental health and safety in schools. Teams are re-defining safety and trauma-informed care in schools and their communities, as well as advocating that $100million be allocated toward hiring more counselors (instead of hiring more SROs).
A few of our Action Teams are focused in improving cultural competence across Detroit schools by advocating for culturall competent mental health services, full language accessibility for students and families, and an ethnic studies curriculum that is taught in all schools. Students and families deserve services and communication, from report cards to emergency alerts, in the language they understand best and curricula that reflect the diversity of Detroit students. Lastly, our members who successfully advocated for DPSCD to add EID to the district calendar have launched the Detroit Muslim Youth Council, focused on addressing issues that Muslim students uniquely face.
In Detroit and across Michigan, our members know that school vouchers take money away from accountable public schools and give them to private schools that are not accountable - some are even for-profit schools that would use students to get rich. We are working to ensure public school funding remains in our already underfunded public school system.