ABOUT MEJC

The Michigan Education Justice Coalition is a statewide network committed to advocating for equitable public education policies and funding to create safe and healthy learning environments.

Please contact us if your organization is interested in joining the coalition.  

OUR VISION - Healthy and Healing Schools Platform

In 2021, MEJC organizational partners held over 60 listening sessions in their communities, from Cheboygan to Detroit, Grand Rapids to Saginaw. We wanted to ensure that our platform reflected our communities’ needs and values, so we asked educators, students, parents, caretakers, and community members how they reimagine schools after COVID. What we learned that is schools – even before COVID – were making us sick.

From crumbling school buildings across the state to the overbearing emphasis on standardized tests, our schools have been making us sick.

From school budgets that prioritize policing over mental health to curriculum that doesn’t reflect students’ identities and cultures, our schools have been making us sick.

Ultimately, these educational issues and inequities have only been supercharged by COVID, and our listening sessions affirmed that we need healthy and healing schools, now.

Our Public Schools must be fully and equitably funded.

The Michigan Educational Justice Coalition is committed to realizing a system of public schools that provides access to quality educational options and positive learning environments for all children in our state. MEJC seeks to bring together engaged citizens, policymakers, institutions of higher education, teachers, students, school administrators, and community organizations to share in this vision and to take meaningful steps towards actualization, acknowledging that the student, parent and community voices are paramount to a successful and sustainable solution.
  • Increase public school funding by a minimum of $3.7 billion.
  • Implement a weighted funding formula that equitably disperses funding based on need.
  • Raise teacher salaries.
  • Increase funding for special education and English Language Learner programs & resources.

Our Public Schools must prioritize and invest in mental health.

The Michigan Educational Justice Coalition is committed to realizing a system of public schools that provides access to quality educational options and positive learning environments for all children in our state. MEJC seeks to bring together engaged citizens, policymakers, institutions of higher education, teachers, students, school administrators, and community organizations to share in this vision and to take meaningful steps towards actualization, acknowledging that the student, parent and community voices are paramount to a successful and sustainable solution.
  • Increase funding for social workers, trauma counselors, and school psychologists, for students and staff.
  • Mandated, on-going professional development in restorative & transformative justice in schools.
  • Replacing exclusionary practices (suspension and expulsion) with restorative justice practices.
  • Invest in programs that allow teachers to foster relationships with parents and families.

Standardized testing needs to be eliminated and replaced with curriculum rooted in the principles of anti-racism, anti-oppression, and trauma-responsive practices.

The Michigan Educational Justice Coalition is committed to realizing a system of public schools that provides access to quality educational options and positive learning environments for all children in our state. MEJC seeks to bring together engaged citizens, policymakers, institutions of higher education, teachers, students, school administrators, and community organizations to share in this vision and to take meaningful steps towards actualization, acknowledging that the student, parent and community voices are paramount to a successful and sustainable solution.
  • Public school curriculum needs to be culturally-sustaining, place-based, anti-racist, and project-based.
  • Teachers must have autonomy and flexibility to adapt curriculum to fit local contexts.
  • Mandated, on-going professional development on anti-racism, anti-oppression, and implicit biases for all school staff.
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Public schools, especially those in lower-income and rural areas, struggled with a lack of resources long before COVID-19. Will you help push back against those seeking to undermine Michigan’s public schools for their own agenda and profits?
Public schools, especially those in lower-income and rural areas, struggled with a lack of resources long before COVID-19. Will you help push back against those seeking to undermine Michigan’s public schools for their own agenda and profits?
BECOME A MEMBER

Join the Fight for Equitable Funding for Michigan's Public Schools!

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For years, Michigan's schools have been chronically underfunded.

Research tells us that we need to spend about $4 billion more each year in order to educate every student fully and fairly.

Beyond full and fair funding, students, teachers, family members and other caregivers need to have a voice in how funding is used to transform our schools. In the past year, we've held listening sessions and conducted surveys to find out what communities really think about what schools need to help students succeed.

We're just getting started. We have to be ready to push back against those who are seeking to undermine Michigan's public schools for their own agenda and profits.

Which side are you on?

Pledge your support for full and fair school funding of Michigan's schools!

OUR PARTNERS

482Forward

Detroit, MI
482 Forward includes neighborhood organizations, parents, and youth committed to ensuring that all Detroit children have access to an excellent education, regardless of their race or socioeconomic status. Together, we are building power to make systemic change and win educational justice for our communities. 

Action Of Greater Lansing

Lansing, MI 
Action of Greater Lansing, a Gamaliel Foundation affiliate, works on local, state and national issues to effectively address the challenging social concerns that our congregations, institutions and communities are faced with. 

AFT Michigan

Statewide
AFT Michigan promotes public education and healthcare, strengthens worker voice, advances the institutions in which our members work, and builds a progressive movement committed to achieving these goals.

Center for Change: A Northern Michigan Advocacy Group

Saint Ignace, MI
Center for Change promotes social welfare through advocacy on matters of public policy and legislation. 

Detroit Action

Detroit, MI
Detroit Action is a union of Black and Brown, low and no-income, homeless and housing insecure Detroiters fighting for housing and economic justice. 

Detroit Disability Power

Detroit, MI
Detroit Disability Power is a membership organization that works to build the political power of the disability community. We know that in order to end disparities people with disabilities face, we must organize!

Rising Voices of Asian American Families

Statewide
Rising Voices engages Michigan Asian American community by engaging voters to participate in elections, relational organizing, political education, and election protection.

Student Advocacy Center of Michigan

Ypsilanti, MI
The Student Advocacy Center of Michigan works collaboratively with underserved students, and their families, to stay in school, realize their rights to a quality public education, grow and experience success.

Mothering Justice

Statewide
Mothering Justice is a grassroots policy advocacy organization that provides mothers of color in America with the resources and tools to use their power to make equitable changes in policy.

Michigan Student Power Network

Statewide
The Michigan Student Power Network is a statewide association of progressive student organizations.

Ann Arbor School Parents Intent on Racial Equity

Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor School Parents Intent on Racial Equity (AASPIRE) is a multi-racial group of parents, caregivers, community leaders and educators who are committed to advancing racial equity within the Ann Arbor Public Schools.

Support Forest Hills Public Schools

Forest Hills, MI
Support FHPS is a parent and caregiver organization that promote and support Forest Hills Public Schools.

Saline Supports

Saline, MI
Saline Supports is a movement dedicated to making Saline a place of mirrors and windows – where residents and visitors can see themselves and others in their neighbors, teachers, students, business owners, pastors, representatives and more.

Detroit Federation of Teachers

Detroit, MI
Detroit Federation of Teachers is a local affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.

Ezekiel Project – Saginaw

Saginaw, MI
The Ezekiel Project is a Community Organizing Collective committed to Saginaw. Our mission is to empower people through organization, relationship building, skill development, information, and belief to transform communities with advocacy and activism.

Michigan Education Association

Statewide
The Michigan Education Association (MEA) isa self-governing education association, representing about 120,000 teachers, education support professionals and higher-education employees throughout the state.

Michigan Faith in Action

Flint, MI
Michigan Faith In Action is a faith-based movement developing a new Michigan that acknowledges the right, and creates the opportunity, for all to experience social and economic justice equally.

Michigan Liberation

Statewide
Michigan Liberation is a statewide network of people and organizations organizing to end the criminalization of Black families and communities of color in Michigan. We envision a state without mass incarceration, mass policing, and punishment.

Michigan Parent, Advocate & Attorney Coalition

Statewide
Michigan Parent, Advocate & Attorney Coalition (MiPAAC) is a statewide group focused on student-centered advocacy. MiPAAC aims to educate families of children with special education needs on topics relevant to their advocacy efforts.

We the People – MI

Statewide
We The People brings together a diverse set of communities from across Michigan to build a proactive vision of what we want our state to look like for our families and communities.

Urban Core Collective

Grand Rapids, MI
UUC believes that successful people and neighborhoods overcome the effects of systemic racism through equal access to education, economic prosperity, health and power and influence.

Pontiac Policy Council

Pontiac, MI
The mission of Pontiac Policy Council (P2C) is to provide education regarding local, state and federal policy through civic engagement, by providing the Pontiac community with the tools and resources needed to advocate for policy change.

Oakland Forward

Pontiac, MI
The mission of Oakland Forward is to build power to remove economic, racial and social barriers to provide opportunities for individuals, with a focus on people of color, in Oakland County.

MOSES

Detroit, MI
A Black-led organization, MOSES Action develops grassroots leaders of color, promotes widespread civic participation, and empowers community members to act as powerful advocates for themselves and their communities in the public arena.

Michigan Organization of Adolescent Sexual Health

Statewide
MOASH mobilizes youth voices, engages community partners, and informs decision-makers to advance sexual health, identities, and rights.

JOBS AT MEJC

Michigan Education Justice Coalition is a movement sweeping across Michigan to build Healthy and Healing Schools for ALL. Please join us!

MEJC Education Justice Intern

MEJC hires interns on a rolling basis to support all of our work! Feel free to propose a project to us!
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Job responsibilities include:
  • Support MEJC’s Healthy & Healing Schools Platform
  • Utilize data management and digital tools to manage activist information
  • Develop trainings with community leaders, youth and caregivers pertaining to school boards and organizing 
  • Create graphics around education justice topics
  • Research the role of the governor and school boards within education
  • Analyze data and use that knowledge to support various MEJC projects
  • Attend and coordinate events and activities within MEJC
  • Recruit and build connections with community and education leaders
  • Attend community events and represent MEJC

MEJC Education Justice Organizing Cohort 

The Michigan Education Justice Coalition seeks education justice community organizers to support efforts in targeted counties in Michigan to ensure all students receive equitable access to education.
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Job responsibilities include:
  • Participate in cohort checkins, trainings and other activities
  • Implement events and activities related to MEJC’s Healthy and Healing Schools Platform.
  • Lead countywide community-labor coordination tables
  • Track attacks on curriculum, DEI efforts and other issues under the Healthy and Healing Schools platform and provide rapid response as necessary.
  • Monitor and engage on social media to uplift the Healthy and Healing Schools Platform.
  • Recruit for and lead trainings with community leaders, youth and caregivers pertaining to school funding, school boards and organizing.
  • Attend community events and represent MEJC and sponsoring organization.
  • Utilize data management and digital tools to manage activist information.
  • Phone and text banking to support education justice initiatives.

Digital Organizer

Michigan Education Justice Coalition (project of 482Forward) is hiring a Digital Organizer to support statewide education justice organizing efforts. We are looking for a detailed oriented independent person that enjoys silly icebreaker activities and has a deep commitment to community organizing.
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Job responsibilities include:
  • Build our base of supporters through digital advertising, organic social media, texting, and other digital tools.
  • Reach out to potential supporters, move them up a ladder of engagement, and deepen their leadership.
  • Craft engaging social media posts, cultivate community within Facebook groups, and explore how new social media platforms and features (FB messenger, Instagram, etc) can be used for organizing.
  • Create compelling graphics and videos for social posts, online ads, email blasts, etc.
  • Test, setup, and train staff/supporters/members to use texting, relational organizing, online advocacy, and other software tools for organizing.

PRIVACY POLICY OF MEJC

Michigan Education Justice Coalition, a project of 482Forward, values your privacy. This Privacy Notice explains who we are, how we collect, share and use Personal information about you, and how you can exercise your privacy rights. This Privacy Notice applies to Personal Information that we collect through our website at https://michiganedjustice.org ("the Site") or Site-embedded functionality. We will never sell or share your Personal Information outside of what you allow through normal use of the Sites.

If you have any questions or concerns about our use of your Personal Information, then please contact us at Organize@miedjustice.org.

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