• Increasing Access to Quality Education for Detroit Families

    In Partnership with the City of Detroit

    Signature Programs
    Increasing Access to Quality Education for Detroit Families

    ​​In Partnership with the City of Detroit

    Signature Programs


As of Friday, March 13, 2020, GOAL Line programming will be suspended until at least April 13, 2020 following spring break to ensure the safety and well-being of students, families, and staff. 

Community Education Commission (CEC) and GOAL Line are identifying ways to support families and staff during this uncertain time. Updates and resources will be shared on our websites and directly via email and text.

Click below for a statement from the CEC Board Chair and Executive Director and recommendations for keeping yourself and one another safe and healthy.

Read COVID 19 Announcement

What is our mission?

A family-first education ecosystem

The Community Education Commission (CEC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in May 2018 by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. 

In response to the more than 30,000 students that leave Detroit every day to attend school outside of the city, Mayor Duggan sought to work with education leaders, families, and educators to develop new resources that help to retain students in the city. 

Since its inception, the CEC has invested in innovative initiatives that increase access to afterschool enrichments and transportation, and provide transparent information about Detroit schools. 

The CEC works to create a family-first education ecosystem in the City of Detroit

Our mission is to increase access to quality education for all Detroit families. Working with diverse stakeholders across the city, CEC develops critical resources and systems-level solutions that address common challenges faced by Detroit families, such as access to information and access to enrichment programming.

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Signature Programs

The CEC currently administers two signatures programs in an effort to increase access to quality education for Detroit families. 

GOAL Line addresses the aim to improve access to high quality enrichment experiences while the Detroit Schools Guide seeks to provide access to transparent information.

Learn More About our Signature Programs

Who are we?

The CEC team is comprised of educational advocates who are committed to the success of all children. 

To explore a position with the CEC, review our current job openings here.

Learn More About Our Team

The Board

Community Education Commission’s board members include a cross-section of leaders representing Detroit’s diverse education landscape, including Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), charter schools, the teacher’s union, philanthropy, community organizations, teachers, and parents.

Currently, our board consists of 10 volunteer members who were appointed by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan:
Chair Board. Monique Marks CEO, Franklin-Wright Settlements, Inc.
Tonya Allen, President and CEO, Skillman Foundation
Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent, Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD)
Ralph Bland, CEO, New Paradigm for Education
Renee Wendt, Teacher, Detroit Charter School
Sherita Smith, Executive Director, Grandmont Rosedale Community Development
Nate Walker, Organizer and Policy Analyst, American Federation of Teachers in Detroit
Marsha A. Lewis, Teacher, DPSCD
Teferi Brent, Member, Detroit 300 and Goodwill Industries
Venessa Keesler, Deputy Superintendent, Michigan Department of Education

Board Meetings

CEC holds four board meetings every year. CEC Board meetings are open to the public and interested citizens are encouraged to attend.

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