Public Education: Call to Action

Call to Action: Our Children Deserve Better

View the video summary of the Michigan School Finance Research Collaborative

Additional Commitment Forms available at the church ‘drop box’ or download here CommitmentCard (pdf):

Commitment Card

Return completed Commitment Forms at the box at the Congregational Church of Birmingham, UCC, 1000 Cranbrook Road, Bloomfield Hills,

Forum Background

  • By all measures, Michigan schools are failing our children.
  • The recent report from the Michigan School Finance Research Collaborative provides a roadmap for a better future for our schools, our teachers and our children.
  • Learn more about the report from leaders who led this study including Dr. Randy Liepa, Superintendent of the Wayne County Regional Education Agency; Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson, Superintendent Oakland Schools; and Doug Maibach, Chairman of Barton-Malow Enterprises.
  • Join faith communities and other who care about Michigan’s future to build grass roots support for improving our schools.
  • Meet current and prospective legislators who will be charged with improving education.


“Michigan K-12 performance dropped at an alarming rate.”    – Bridge Magazine

Michigan is dead last among states in improvement in math and reading between 2003 and 2015, according to an analysis of data from the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP). (Bridge Magazine March 1, 2018)

M-STEP state standardized test:

  • 22% of seventh-graders were deemed proficient in science,
  • 21% of fifth-graders were proficient in social studies, and
  • 15% of fourth-graders were proficient in science.

A Public Education Forum sponsored by the DRIVE Team at The Congregational Church of Birmingham, UCC