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About the Community Education Commission

About the CEC

The Detroit Parents’ Guide to Schools and is brought to you by the Community Education Commission (CEC).

Community Education CommissionFounded in May 2018, the CEC is a nonprofit organization that works to increase access to quality education for all Detroit families. The CEC works with diverse stakeholders across the city to develop innovative, critical resources that address common challenges that Detroit families face, such as access to transportation, after school care, and transparent information about schools.

According to the commission’s bylaws, the members include:

  • 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

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, CEO, Franklin-Wright Settlements, Inc.; CEC Chair
  • Tonya Allen, President and CEO, Skillman Foundation; CEC Vice Chair
  • Ralph Bland, CEO, New Paradigm for Education
  • Teferi Brent, Member, Detroit 300 and Goodwill Industries
  • Venessa Keesler, Deputy Superintendent, Michigan Department of Education
  • Marsha A. Lewis, Teacher, Detroit Public Schools Community District; CEC Secretary
  • Matt Simoncini, Former President and CEO, Lear Corporation
  • Sherita Smith, Executive Director, Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation; CEC Treasurer
  • Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent, Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD)
  • Nate Walker, Organizer and Policy Analyst, American Federation of Teachers in Detroit
  • Renee Wendt, Teacher, Detroit Charter School

What does the Community Education Commission do?

Champions additional resources that help more families and students get the best education they can in Detroit

The CEC launched the GOAL Line, a novel program that offers transportation and after school programming to students who attend partner schools. In the 2019-2020 school year, GOAL Line has partnered with 14 district and charter schools. Click here for more information about the GOAL Line.

Shares information about schools

The CEC is responsible for making sure that parents and students can easily access accurate and meaningful information about any district or charter school in the city.

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.