Month: July 2016

Will Democrats Unify Around Education Reform

As the nation’s Democrats come together in Philadelphia this week for the Democratic National Convention, they focus on developing strong party unity. They also need to unify around a platform that pushes education reforms in our urban centers. As a Democrat, I want to hear about education reform. The party’s platform has changed during this election cycle. Democratic education reformers such…

Parent Who Empowers Parents in Detroit

I have the privilege of knowing a parent who spends all of her time empowering other parents in Detroit. Her name is Bernita Bradley. She is an organizer and parent advocate for Excellent Schools Detroit. She is leading thier effort to enroll more kids in Detroit schools.  Bernita has been helping parents since she became a parent herself. I met…

Detroit in the National News….Again!

The New York Times published a front-page story this week on the troubled state of public education in Detroit. Charter schools in particular were cast in a pretty bad light. Michigan leapt at the promise of charter schools 23 years ago, betting big that choice and competition would improve public schools. It got competition, and chaos. Detroit schools have long…