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Teachers parents and the community of Hamtramck join forces for education funding

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Posted at 8:29 PM, May 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-30 20:29:25-04

This month teachers, parents and the community came together in Hamtramck for their annual Red for Ed movement.

On May 23rd, they all rallied together during a walk through the neighborhoods with three points in mind; value students, respect educators and fund our schools.

Budget cuts have affected Hamtramck schools over the last 8 years according to the superintendent.

All participants put on red and walked together at Dickinson East Elementary to promote public education funding.  According to a recent study by the School Finance Research Collaborative on Michigan Funding, Hamtramck receives the lowest per pupil funding.

Currently, Hamtramck has 3362 students, with 80% speaking a language other than English at home.  According to the superintendent, specific challenges the district faces and the types of support that are needed include; instructional coaches, intensive reading tutors, mental health support, and expanded early childhood education to close learning gaps before school starts.