Austin, a vocal proponent for comprehensive legislation to fix Detroit schools, received the support of Mayor Mike Duggan, education and community leaders Tonya Allen, Angela Reyes and Shirley Stancato along with David Hecker, President of AFT Michigan and Allan Gilmour, the former President of Wayne State University and CFO of Ford Motor Company.
"I wholeheartedly support John Austin for reelection to the State Board of Education,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “He provides leadership that puts children and their learning first, and he understands that well-trained and well supported teachers and educators are the most powerful drivers and most important contributors to increased student achievement.”
Austin is among the leaders gathering for the Mackinac Policy Conference this week who continue to push the legislature for a solution to address the long-term financial health of DPS along with accountability measures to ensure all Detroit children receive a high-quality education regardless of whether they attend DPS or charter schools.
"John Austin has been an indispensable leader in advancing our collective work to improve education and learning outcomes for children in Detroit and around the state,” said Tonya Allen.
Austin has called on the legislature to end the educational chaos in Detroit and allow for the creation of common quality standards to govern all Detroit schools and rein in for-profit operating companies that make money off public education without constraint.
“The broad and diverse support of this group represents a growing consensus on the right solutions for fixing Detroit schools,” said Austin. “All Detroit school children deserve a high-quality education and we must not settle for anything less than a comprehensive solution that will result in greater learning outcomes for the kids.”
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