No democratic society can flourish without a strong public education system. More than ever, both our individual and national economic success are intimately linked to educational achievement. That’s why it’s so important that we ensure every student in the city of Detroit and across the state of Michigan has access to high-quality public education.
That means investing in a public education system that has been systematically starved of resources by:
Increasing state education funding in our teachers, schools, and students.
Returning decision-making power to the communities that know our children better than Lansing bureaucrats and corporate CEOs.
Preventing a for-profit takeover of our public school systems.
In order for our state to provide a first-class public education we need to ensure that our children receive a rigorous, real-world education that both meets the demands of the 21st century economy and the needs of the whole student.
The economic recovery of the last five years has left far too many working Michiganders behind. Few have felt the depth of that failure like the hardworking people of Detroit. As we work to build an economy that works for everyone, we should remember the principle that made Detroit the “Arsenal of Democracy” during the Second World War and built the middle class in its aftermath: our nation prospers when our working families and the communities they call home are economically secure. This still rings true today. Our state can’t flourish as long as the people of Detroit continue to fall behind.
Serving the middle and working-class people of Detroit has been a driving force in my life. And with your support, I’m confident we can take the fight to Lansing to build a better future for working families across the city of Detroit and throughout the state of Michigan. Together we’ll work to ensure that the economic recovery reaches the same working families who drive our economy in the first place.
I’m running because I’ve witnessed firsthand, as both a member of the community and as a community organizer, the widening gap between our declared values as a state and the behavior of our public institutions. Government has a responsibility to protect the interests of not just the most powerful and well-connected in society, but also the most vulnerable among us. But for too long, the voices of the most powerful have dominated our democratic process. We need legislators who will work to ensure that the voices and priorities of everyday Detroiters are given a fair shake. These challenges have to be met with serious leadership that champions community engagement and a sincere commitment to accountability. In a city that’s long been starved of resources and then blamed for its predictable shortcomings, it’s time that our elected leaders be held accountable for their own.
Mr. Donavan McKinney is a Community Engagement Associate for Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD). Donavan has spent the greater part of his life in service to the Detroit community. He is dedicated to making Detroit a premier place to live, work, and play. He strives to accomplish this through educating local residents, raising awareness, mobilizing the community through countless volunteer hours, past and present positions, and crafting policy initiatives.