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ARISE Detroit! asks community to participate in conversation about education

DETROIT — ARISE Detroit! invites citizens to participate in an upcoming Education Community Conversation on Oct. 4, from 6-8 p.m., at the Samaritan Center in partnership with the Center for Michigan, a nonprofit and nonpartisan “think-and-do” tank located in Ann Arbor.

A group of 25-50 people will convene for a 90-minute discussion focused on Michigan’s pre-K-12 education system and student learning.

The conversation will be held in the Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick Conference Center at the Samaritan Center, 5555 Conner Ave., Detroit.

The conversation will focus on many of the key issues and choices related to how education affects students within the community. It will be one of more than 250 structured dialogues taking place in 2012 across the state. Altogether, the participants will include more than 5,000 local leaders and engaged citizens, including students, parents, job providers and educators.

As part of a statewide effort, the local conversations will help accomplish four goals:

– Expand the knowledge of students, parents, employers and educators about the education choices facing Michigan today

– Gather the perspectives and preferences of Michigan residents on major education policy and reform choices under debate in Michigan and around the country

– Amplify the voices of Michigan residents and press state decision-makers to follow participant recommendations on how best to improve students’ prospects for future success

– Provide participants with options on how to become more involved in improving educational opportunities for students in their own communities.

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