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Michigan Dropout Summit

Report on 11 State Hearings

Michigan Dropout Prevention Leadership Summit, Lansing, Michigan, October 20, 2008.

This was the first of four summits in NEA state affiliates that are being funded by NEA's national partner in dropout prevention, America's Promise Alliance.

The 500 attendees of the Summit reflected a wide range of stakeholders, including educators, community activists, and staff from youth and community organizations. The Michigan Education Association (MEA) helped plan the event, characterized by several speakers as "the first time such a diverse group of stakeholders joined efforts to address Michigan's dropout crisis." 

MEA has played a key role in dropout prevention hearings around the state and has produced an excellent report on the 11 hearings that MEA and five partner organizations have convened. One Dropout Is Too Many reports on four themes that emerged at the hearings: 

1. Students need caring relationships
2. One size doesn't fit all (i.e., schools need to be personalized for students)
3. Tackle the problem early - high school is too late
4. This isn't just a "school" problem - community collaboration is critical