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Detroit superintendent, school board chief urge gov to settle literacy lawsuit

April 29, 2020
The Detroit News Jennifer Chambers The superintendent of Detroit's public school system and its board president are asking Gov. Gretchen Whitmer...
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Editorial: Does the U.S. Constitution guarantee kids the right to be taught how to read? It should

April 28, 2020
Los Angeles Times By The Times Editorial Board The ability to read and write is fundamental to a basic education, representing...
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Detroit students have the right to an education, federal appeals court rules

April 23, 2020
NBC News By Erin Einhorn American children have a fundamental right to at least a basic education, a federal appeals court...
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Appeals court: Detroit students have fundamental right to education

April 23, 2020
The Detroit News Christine Ferretti and Beth LeBlanc The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that Detroit students have...
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Beyond Basics Co-Founder & CEO named Michiganian of the Year by The Detroit News

October 23, 2019
Beyond Basics is excited to share with you that, as announced in The Detroit News, our Co-Founder & CEO Pamela...
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Joy Rd: Saving 10,000 Lives

August 7, 2019
Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti of Detroit Public Schools Community District has made an extraordinary request that Beyond Basics tutor every high school student who is struggling to read.
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Our Gratitude for General Motors

July 26, 2019
General Motors has generously awarded another $250,000 to Beyond Basics’ Family Literacy Center!
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Detroit Parks and Rec Hosts Summer Fun Centers

July 22, 2019
Beyond Basics has been delighted to participate as a partner with Detroit Parks and Recreation, the Detroit Public Schools Community District, Michigan State University, and The Skillman Foundation in Summer Fun Centers for Detroit children.
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What Kindness Means Around the World

July 19, 2019
Students from around the globe are joining Detroit schoolchildren this year in expressing their thoughts on kindness through our International Art and Writing Project.
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Why is illiteracy a crisis

February 7, 2019
Why is illiteracy a crisis? The definition of a crisis is “a time of intense difficulty, trouble, or danger." Another...
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Celebrating 20 years!

February 7, 2019
20th Anniversary Gala Celebrating 20 years! In 1999, our CEO, Pam Good walked into a school with a mission to make...
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The Williams Family

February 7, 2019
When we opened up the doors to our Family Literacy Center in October, we knew we would reach many but...
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Beyond Basics Leadership Series

February 7, 2019
What happens when you have a CEO of a nonprofit, NFL Running back, and 80 high school juniors and seniors...
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Beyond Basics to Open Family Literacy Center at Durfee Innovation Society – recently named as HUD’s first EnVision Center

June 7, 2018
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 7, 2018   Media Statement for Beyond Basics Family Literacy Center at the Durfee Innovation...
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“Detroit’s schools score worst in the nation again, but Vitti vows that will change” -Detroit Free Press

April 10, 2018
Michigan students were flat on a rigorous national exam, with scores virtually unchanged from the last time the test was...
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Not Learning to Read is Life Threatening

March 12, 2018
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Nonprofit to host literacy summit at Detroit school

February 23, 2018
Detroit – A Detroit-area nonprofit is bringing experts together to discuss literacy in the city and across southeastern Michigan. Click to...
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DETROIT NEWS – DPSCD chief wants fresh start for literacy curriculum

February 13, 2018
Literacy is an educational milestone that remains elusive for some school children in Detroit. At Mumford High School and Academy,...
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Grants to Beyond Basics and CARE House of Oakland County

October 26, 2017
Grants to Beyond Basics and CARE House of Oakland County Oakland County, MI – October 25, 2017 – Impact100 Oakland County,...
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The Mars Agency Volunteers!

July 27, 2017
The Mars Agency, and advertising firm in Southfield, MI, sent some employees to volunteer in our office today. They ask...
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Blossoms of Birmingham Donates Centerpieces for Ladies Luncheon

June 1, 2017
Beyond Basics is excited to announce that famed local florist Blossoms of Birmingham will be donating the floral table centerpieces...
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Detroit News: Stop the school reform merry-go-round

May 16, 2017
Education leaders should take a lesson from the medical world. The overprescription of antibiotics has led to a growing resistance...
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C.H.E.P. Volunteers!

April 21, 2017
A huge thank you to our volunteers from CHEP! We cannot thank these men and women enough. They assisted us...
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Push22 donates furniture and Budget Movers donates time

March 28, 2017
Push22 owner Mike Verville read about Beyond Basics in a recent Crain's Detroit Business article. He was in the process...
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DPS 3 finalists for superintendent post

March 20, 2017
Detroit school board names 3 finalists for superintendent post By Crain's Detroit Business After conducting a nationwide search, the Detroit...
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WJR Radio Interview, Keith Famie & Elijah

March 6, 2017
  WJR Radio Interview with Elijah, Keith Famie, and Beyond Basics By Steve Courtney Elijah Craft and Keith Famie being...
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Crain’s article Elijah’s story

March 6, 2017
Businesses aim high with literacy program Backers make solving Detroit schools' illiteracy crisis their business By Chad Livengood The battle...
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State pushes back timeline for school closures

February 24, 2017
State pushes back timeline for school closures By Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press The State of Michigan is putting off...
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UHY staff volunteer at Detroit Public School

February 22, 2017
UHY staff volunteer at Detroit Public School By Sean McCabe Both interns and staff members from UHY Advisors' Michigan practice...
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EAA Chancellor Conforme’s new job

February 17, 2017
EAA Chancellor Veronica Conforme get new job By Loir Higgins Veronica Conforme, the chancellor of the soon-to-be-defunct Education Achievement Authority,...
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Trailer, A day in the life of Elijah

February 13, 2017
Trailer, A day in the life of Elijah Produced and Directed by Keith Famie, Visionalist Entertainment Productions Keith Famie short...
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Daily Tribune News, The Oakland Press

February 2, 2017
Detroit high school students receive leadership lesson at Baker College By Anne Runkle About 100 students from Detroit’s Mumford High...
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Business leaders to Detroit students: ‘Be determined’

February 1, 2017
Business leaders to Detroit students: ‘Be determined’ By Shawn D. Lewis Auburn Hills — Dream big. Take risks. Don’t be...
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Detroit Free Press Map of School Closings

January 25, 2017
This map shows how few choices parents have if Detroit schools close By Lori Higgins and Kristi Tanner Detroit parents...
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March 24th, 2017 | All Seasons Art Exhibition

January 23, 2017
Art Exhibition 2017   Second Annual All Seasons Art Exhibition All Seasons of Birmingham Friday, March 24th, 2017 at 6:00-8:00...
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State could close underperforming schools

January 20, 2017
State could close 38 underperforming public schools — 24 in Detroit By Chad Livengood Underperforming schools targeted for closure Gov....
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Blog: Everyday Heroes

November 15, 2016
Everyday Heroes   Our experience shows, the teachers are the heroes in the educational system that gets rolled out in...
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Blog: American Educational System

November 8, 2016
The American Educational System By: Pamela Good The American Educational System is a great one. Unfortunately, it is rolled out...
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Jack Aronson Named Beyond Basics Chariman of the Board

July 1, 2016
July 1, 2016 SOUTHFIELD — Beyond Basics, which provides literacy support programs to schools in Detroit and Pontiac, today announced...
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