Governor Gretchen Whitmer, other statewide candidates attend Michigan Education Justice Coalition Youth-Led Healthy and Healing School Board Candidate Forum

MICHIGAN — The Michigan Education Justice Coalition held a forum featuring candidates running for statewide positions related to education. This, youth-led  candidate forum included young people from across Michigan who asked questions of candidates. 

“I’ve never been locked down because of a book,” said Perriel Pace, a student from Detroit. “What scares me is the lock downs for gun violence and the threats that one of my friends or myself will become a statistic,” Perriel stated in a question to Governor Whitmer about school safety.

The forum focused on the Healthy & Healing Schools agenda which includes the following criteria:

  • Our Public Schools must be fully and equitably funded.
  • Our Public Schools must prioritize and invest in mental health.
  • Standardized testing needs to be eliminated and replaced with curriculum rooted in the principles of anti-racism, anti-oppression, and trauma-responsive practices.
  • Our public schools must create structures to bring in student voice and leadership.
  • Public school budgets must reflect our values and needs.

Click here for more information about the healthy & healing schools agenda.

“We want to thank the candidates who showed up, listened and answered our questions,” said Trina Tocco, director of MEJC. “The next step is to continue the conversation and continue to listen as decisions are made about our schools and our future. They say that youth are the future, so our youth deserve a say in how that future is shaped.”

To watch the livestream of the forum, click here.