Beltzer: Unexpected allies are the key to transforming education (Lansing State Journal)

By July 29, 2018Media Coverage

By Kristin Beltzer, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce for the Lansing State Journal

July 29, 2018

We all know that our education system doesn’t exist in a vacuum. But when it comes to tackling the tough problems that plague our classrooms, too often the discussions are relegated to the same old parties, coming together in the same old ways to hash out the same old ideas. Together, we need to take a visionary and creative approach to bridge the gap between business, education and talent.

As business leaders, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce has joined a new statewide initiative called Launch Michigan. We believe strongly in its importance, its necessity and its potential to transform the state’s education system like never before.

Launch Michigan is a historic partnership that aims to improve education in innovative ways, primarily by bringing together representatives from schools, the workforce, unions, the philanthropic community and more. We believe that by joining together these diverse — and maybe a little unexpected — partners who hold the same vision for our state’s future, we can finally move beyond the conversations that typically get us stuck in order to find meaningful and lasting solutions.

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