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About the Community Education Commission

Community Education is brought to you by the Community Education Commission, a nonprofit formed in May 2018 to facilitate high-quality education for all Detroit schoolchildren. The commission does not operate schools, but instead provides additional resources to ensure access to high-quality schools, transportation, after-school programming and community information. According to the commission’s bylaws, the members include representation from:

  • The Detroit Public Schools Community District administration
  • A Detroit Public Schools Community District teacher
  • A charter school operator
  • A charter school teacher
  • A representative from labor unions representing Detroit teachers
  • At least one parent of a school-aged Detroit child


What does the Community Education Commission do?

  • Holds public meetings: According to the commission’s bylaws, the group will meet eight times per year. All meetings will be open to the public.
  • Champions additional resources that help more families and students get the best education they can in Detroit: The commission launched the GOAL Line, a free bus loop that takes students to and from 10 schools in the Northwest area – morning and afternoon – and takes students to after-school programs at the Northwest Activities Center.
  • Shares information about schools: The commission will be responsible for making sure that parents and students can easily and accurate and meaningful information about any district or charter school in the city.


Who’s on the Community Education Commission?

The Community Education Commission is led by a board of 11 members appointed by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. They are all volunteers:

  • Monique Marks, Franklin-Wright Settlements, Inc. CEO
  • Tonya Allen, Skillman Foundation
  • Ralph Bland, Charter Operator
  • Teferi Brent, Detroit 300 and Goodwill Industries
  • Venessa Keesler, Michigan Department of Education
  • Marsha A. Lewis, DPSCD Teacher
  • Matt Simoncini, Former President and CEO of Lear Corporation
  • Sherita Smith, Grandmont Rosedale Community Development
  • Dr. Nikolai Vitti, DPSCD Superintendent
  • Nate Walker, American Federation of Teachers