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MCRC to Hold Public Hearing, Meeting in Detroit on Monday, November 19

Detroit –The Michigan Civil Rights Commission will hold a public hearing to examine discrimination in Michigan’s K-12 schools in Detroit at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 19. The hearing will be preceded by a regular business meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Both the hearing and meeting will be held at the Wayne County Community College District, Northwest Campus, Larry K. Lewis Education Center, located at 8200 West Outer Drive, Detroit, Michigan 48219.

The 3:00 p.m. public hearing – the fourth the Commission has held on discrimination in Michigan’s K-12 schools – will feature comments from three panels of presenters.

The first panel will focus on challenges facing students in school settings and will include personal testimony from high school students and recent graduates.

The second panel will focus on challenges and opportunities facing K-12 education such as alternative schools, charter schools, virtual schools and public schools in Detroit and Michigan. Panelists include:

  • Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Dan Quisenberry, President, Michigan Association of Public School Academies
  • Michael Addonizio, Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the College of Education, Wayne State University
  • Erin Einhorn, Editor, Chalkbeat Detroit

The third panel will focus on challenges and opportunities for students, students of color and students with special needs/disabilities when it comes to workforce development initiatives, the Marshal Plan for Talent, Early/Middle College (EMC) programs and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in Detroit and Michigan. Panelists include:

  • Chioke Mose-Telesford, Deputy Director of Workforce Development, City of Detroit
  • Dr. Beverly Brown, Early/Middle College Manager, Office of Career and Technical Education, Michigan Department of Education
  • Jeremy Hendges, Interim Director, Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan

Commissioners will take public comments at the end of the business meeting, and will also take public comments after the hearing at approximately 6:45 p.m.

Meeting and hearing location is accessible and parking is free. Sign language interpreters and CART services will be available.

If you plan to attend either the meeting or the hearing and need an accommodation, please call 800-482-3604 or email

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission was created by the Michigan Constitution to carry out constitutional and legal guarantees against discrimination. The Commission is charged with investigating alleged discrimination against any person because of religion, race, color or national origin, sex, age, marital status, height, weight, arrest record, and physical and mental disability. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights serves as the operational arm of the Commission.


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