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Stanford grad thankful for Detroit supporters

Almost a year ago, a dream that once felt intangible transformed into my reality. Last June, I graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in African and African American Studies and a minor in Creative Writing.
Although college was a time of abundant opportunity, I often struggled to overcome fears of inadequacy. ... Read More

Detroit schooling chaos

If you listen to the advocates for an unregulated marketplace model for Detroit education you hear two arguments. One ideological: markets work better than government; And two: that charters in Detroit are outperforming district schools. They contend the system of authorizing charters is working. As we have explored previously, the data on student achievement in Detroit charter schools also does not support the claim that the current system working is for charter schools students. ... Read More

Restructuring Detroit K-12 education

As the legislature debates restructuring K-12 schooling in Detroit, a reporter asked me why Excellent Schools Detroit (ESD) hasn’t worked. If "worked" means a substantial increase in the number of quality schools in the city of Detroit––or for that matter outside of Detroit but serving lots of Detroit kids––then clearly it hasn’t worked. None of us involved in the creation and operation of ESD these last six years would claim that the quality of schooling has substantially improved in the city. But that isn’t a realistic standard to judge an organization that doesn’t operate or authorize schools; nor sets education policy at the state or local level; nor regulates schools. Student achievement in Detroit––or any other urban area in Michigan with similarly low student outcomes––can’t substantially change until state policy changes. ... Read More

How to begin to stop the decline of Detroit's schools

Announced last week, the bleak news about student performance in Detroit Public Schools has become an all-too-familiar and numbing element of the season, and something that Detroiters dread. For the fourth time in a row, Michigan’s biggest city ranked dead last among urban school districts that took part in the National Assessment of Educational Progress exam.

As if that weren’t discouraging enough, Detroiters were also warned last week by the state treasurer that DPS – which has been managed from Lansing for the past several years – could be insolvent by spring. ... Read More

Momentum building for education change — here's how to take part

The temperature on making real education reform happen in Detroit has been rising since well before the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren formed in December. It’s a major reason why the CFDS formed – because so many disparate people were ready to admit that our competing strategies were not improving education and that working on it together, urgently, was the only way forward. ... Read More