Superintendents from around the state were invited to attend a meeting in Grand Rapids with U.S. Secretary of Education Ms. Betsy DeVos

Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko was one of 20 superintendents from across the state invited to take part in a meeting with the Secretary of Education Ms. Betsy DeVos. The meeting was arranged by Grand Rapids Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal after she was contacted by the U. S. Department of Education.

“I was honored to have been one of the superintendents selected to attend. I believe the size of our district, the challenges we face, and the success of our students all played a role in Dearborn being part of this important meeting”, commented Dr. Maleyko.

In a statement released by the Grand Rapids Superintendent she stated “We invited a diverse group of superintendents from all corners of the state representing urban, suburban, and rural districts. The Secretary specifically asked for superintendents to share how best she and her department could better serve our districts”.

Dearborn Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko (Right) met with U.S. Department of Education Secretary Ms. Betsy DeVos, at a meeting arranged by Grand Rapids Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal (third from right). Also attending the meeting was Westwood Superintendent Sue Carnell (left).Dr. Maleyko spoke on several topics during the meeting including a teacher shortage in Michigan and the need to recruit more young people into the teaching profession. He went on to share with the Secretary that despite hiring more than 225 new teachers in the last two years there is still a need to fill a number of vacancies in Dearborn especially in areas such as special education, science, and math.

Starting his third year as superintendent in Dearborn Maleyko said, “Overall the dialogue was very positive and constructive. Superintendents offered constructive feedback and shared concerns that are common among districts across our state such as local control of schools, accountability measures, expanded educational opportunities in the area of skilled trades and technology related careers, promoting more inquiry based learning by students and the possible cut in federal funds known as Title II”.

In Dearborn, Title II funds are used to support class size reduction, elementary literacy, literacy coaches, and technology coaches. The District has also started the Dearborn Teacher Reading Academy (DTRA) a program that trains all lower elementary teachers. All of these projects are important to support the “Read by 3rd Grade Legislation” and the District’s large English Learner (EL) population.

“As Superintendent, I must take advantage of opportunities to advocate for our schools and the students in our classroom. Meeting with the Secretary of Education allowed me to join together with other state superintendents and have a very positive conversation about public education in our country. I’m delighted to have been able to take part and represent our District”, Superintendent Maleyko commented.

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Photo Captions:
PR 1 Super Meets in GR1- Superintendents from around the state were invited to attend a meeting in Grand Rapids with U.S. Secretary of Education Ms. Betsy DeVos

PR 1 Super Meets in GR2- Dearborn Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko (Right) met with U.S. Department of Education Secretary Ms. Betsy DeVos, at a meeting arranged by Grand Rapids Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal (third from right). Also attending the meeting was Westwood Superintendent Sue Carnell (left).

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