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Education leaders join tonight at the “Hacking Education” Dinner, hosted by NewSchools Venture Fund, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and the University of Michigan’s Social Venture Fund, in Detroit, Michigan.

Tonight’s dinner, which is the first hosted in Detroit, will look at the challenges that Detroit Public Schools (DPS) faces including massive budget shortfalls, closing of schools, converting schools to charters, and increasing class sizes.

“In the face of extremely challenging circumstances, there are exciting and unprecedented education reforms underway in Detroit,” says Wayee Chu, Associate Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund. “We want to harness the growing momentum and energy around entrepreneurship and innovation, and work together to improve learning opportunities and access for all students in Detroit and beyond.”

“As the first student-run social venture fund in the country, we are thrilled to bring this event to Detroit.  We believe there is tremendous opportunity for transformational education reform in Southeastern Michigan and we are excited to bring together this talented cross-sector community to help lead this reform,” says Daniel Reyes, University of Michigan’s Social Venture Fund.

The Hacking Education Dinner is a series hosted across the country to connect technology entrepreneurs, policy leaders, venture capitalists, philanthropists, nonprofit organizations and educators on topics around improving public education with innovative solutions.

“Public-private collaboration is crucial for improving student achievement and teacher effectiveness.  We’re proud to be a part of this important gathering of diverse education leaders,” said James O’Neill, Senior Vice President of Portfolio Management at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  “HMH has a long-standing partnership with DPS to implement innovative solutions for the student, parent, and teacher communities.  DPS has made great strides and we’re looking forward to continuing the conversation.”

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