A Rose for Detroit Blog

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

Letter from Detroit student, Imani Harris

My name is Imani Harris. I am a very concerned sophomore at Renaissance High School.

I am writing this letter because I am appalled. I am appalled at the fact that there was ever a thought that already struggling teachers should work for free while our emergency manager, legislatures, etc. continue to be paid. ... Read More

Leading Detroit: Angela Reyes of Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation

Tired of burying children, Angela Reyes became a community leader by organizing youth programs. Reyes vividly remembers going to the funerals of young people close to her every other week.“It was traumatic for me as a mother, it was traumatic for the community." ... Read More

Philanthropy as a Platform for Civic Leadership

Philanthropy is often the tie that binds communities together. From city to city, state to state, country to country, the vast majority of people benefit from or participate in philanthropy. The true power of philanthropy, however, lives deeply beyond the art and form of grantmaking, and lends itself towards the ability – and responsibility – to equip and empower communities to move forward. ... 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

$500K Innovation Challenge taps into Detroit's next generation

The Skillman Foundation, in partnership with the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, launched My Brother’s Keeper Detroit Innovation Challenge to invest $500,000 in programs that seek to empower Detroit’s young men of color.

More than 450 ideas were submitted for the first found of applications due March 18. The 100 most innovative ideas will be selected to move to round two and fill out a more robust application to build out their plan. ... Read More