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Educational think tank part of EMU MLK Day celebration

YPSILANTI — “Where Do We Go from Here?” is the theme of Eastern Michigan University’s 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration. As part of their activities Jan. 16, EMU will host the MLK Education Panel, titled “Educational Reform in Michigan:  How Did We Get Here and Where Do We Go From Here?” from 7-9 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom at the Student Center, EMU’s main Campus.

The education panel will be an interactive session focused on understanding recent developments in educational reform in Michigan, organizers say. According to a press statement, “the goal of this event is to address the political, social, and economic threats to democratic education on the local, state, and national stage.”

Panelists will include: Tom Pedroni, Wayne State; Tim Heim, Washtenaw Teachers Union; Helen Moore Detroit education activist; Delbert Glaze, former EMU student and former EAA teacher; Victor Gibson, recently retired DPS activist teacher; as well as others. Ethan Lowenstein will introduce and facilitate the discussion.

Each participant will have 5-10 minutes to address issues concerning the state school system Educational Achievement Authority, state funding, and other current issues in Michigan.  The event is open to the public and organizers will encourage questions and statements from the audience as well.

For more information on the MLK Education Panel, visit

— Staff report

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