Month: January 2016

City reports show serious health problems in schools

The City of Detroit has been releasing reports resulting from safety investigations in public schools. On January 25th the city release reports for 11 schools that showed serious health violations, most on the city’s east side. Now WXYZ is report that there are reports for 14 more schools.  Read them for yourself: A.L. Holmes Elementary-Middle School: (View Inspection Report here)Ben…

Don’t forget parents care about academics too

The physical conditions of the traditional Detroit public schools are appalling and city teachers are right to make a stink about it. Mold, warped floors, cold buildings in winter, leaky roofs, rodents – does that sound like a combination for inspiring kids to learn? Maybe in Dickens, but not in the real world. Yet, the forgotten part of “conditions” is…

Walking out on children is no way to help them

The children of Detroit have been shortchanged in ways that would shock the rest of the nation. Today there is one more problem for them. Their teachers have abandoned them. This from CNN: In Detroit, thousands of students stayed home over the two days as teachers staged what has been termed a “sick-out,” an off-the-books strike by teachers who called…

Parents should drive reform of Detroit schools

Everybody wants to rule the world, and they all want to fix the schools, but one group is too often left out. That’s parents. Remember them?  Ben DeGrow has a great blog post reminding us all to remember the forgotten stakeholders. He says… Exhibit one is an October poll released by the Michigan Association of Public School Academies, which found…

Lawmakers need to show some love for Detroit Public Schools

Jack Lessenberry at The Blade has a few choice words about the inability of Michigan lawmakers to agree on a solution to save the Detroit Public Schools. Detroit Public Schools are now on course to run out of cash long before the school year ends. If that happens, bankruptcy seems likely. Bankruptcy saved General Motors, and more than likely “saved”…