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Education Policy Fellowship Program

Federal Equity Policy Overview

March 3, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

Purpose: Our group's aim is to connect the dots between federal policy, and state and local implementation of those policies in regards to equity in education. Using Michigan State University’s 60/50 Project as inspiration, we seek deeper understanding of the impact of Brown v. Board of Education (1954) on segregation and transportation in Michigan's Schools, and the intersection of how ESEA (1965) and Title I was designed and how effective it is. Our learning goals include: gaining better insight into how federal policy effects local school districts, developing a greater understanding of the implications from historic policies on contemporary contexts, and examining the reactions of local districts to policy demands.


Our presentation seeks to examine the impact and implications for federal equity policies and how they play out on the local level by first discussing the development of Title I with a representative from Congressman John Dingell’s office. Our facilitated discussion will be extended through viewing a video of a panel discussion on contemporary challenges regarding school segregation and a case study of the Ferndale School District, followed by a discussion with members from the Ferndale Schools community.




1. Framing the discussion

2. Representative from Rep. Dingell's Office

3. Video Clip from TFA forum on segregation - guided questions for group discussion

4. Save the last word activity

    - "Schoolchildren shuttle across SE Michigan, raising questions about funding, community identity" by Nancy Derringer, June 18, 2013 Bridge Magazine

5. Guest speaker from Ferndale's Board of Education 


Speaker Biographies


Kevin Deegan-Krause is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Wayne State University. Kevin is member of the Ferndale Schools Board of Education and has two children attending Kennedy Elementary in Ferndale. He received a B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University in 1990 and a Ph.D. in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame in 2000. His research in comparative politics emphasizes European politics, political parties, democratic institutions and national identity.


Kathleen LaTosch, Principal Consultant for LaTosch Consulting, has over 20 years’ experience in nonprofit administration and leadership.  Over the last ten years her work has focused on creating systemic change to build inclusive organizations and communities.  This work has included strategic planning, task force leadership and plan implementation, training & education, and evaluation. From 2007-2012, LaTosch led a broad-based racial diversity and inclusion initiative within a nonprofit setting, culminating in a three-year implementation plan adopted by the organization’s board of directors and folded into the five year strategic plan.  LaTosch’s commitment to equity, skilled facilitation of diverse committees and teams, and infusion of extensive nonprofit administrative experience resulted in the successful plan, Blueprint for Change . LaTosch is also one of Michigan’s leaders among the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities.


Derek Dobies, District Administrator, Office of Congressman John Dingell. He oversees and leads staff throughout Michigan’s 12th District. Dobies, of Jackson, MI, is familiar with Southeast Michigan, having served as Mr. Dingell’s Campaign Manager during the 2012 election. Dobies is a graduate of Michigan State University.



Learning Team Members:

Terah T. Venzant Chambers, Ph.D.

Jennifer Scott-Burton, Ph.D.

Jennifer Paul

Kathleen Snyder

Sean Williams

Bryan Beverly 


Resource Material

Schoolchildren shuttle across SE Michigan

1 out of 3 students in Ferndale are from DPS

Halfway down on article “Detroiters Flock to Ferndale

The opposition to Ferndale’s Policies

Reaction by the Mayor of Ferndale

Raises question if Ferndale has tooled staff to work with diversity



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