Month: February 2017

DeVos is Blocked From Entering a Public School

Senator Knezek is a Democrat who represents parts of Detroit’s Westside, Redford Township, parts of Deaborn Heights and Garden City. I’ve had the opportunity to work with him on ed reform issues in the legislature. He is a hard worker for his constituents and he believes “all children” deserve a great education. Although I didn’t support Betsy DeVos’s confirmation as…

Dear Governor Snyder, This Is How Detroit Parents Feel About School Closures

Dear Governor Snyder, The Detroit Parent Network is a membership organization of thousands of parents across Southeast Michigan. As parents, we are asking you and the State School Reform Office (SRO) to approach the life-altering and community-changing issue of school closures with more consideration for the children and families impacted by your actions. We would also like to work with…

Dear Betsy DeVos, Your Key to Public Schools is Parents and Students

Dear Ms. DeVos: I am pretty sure what happened the other day when, as the new U.S. education secretary, you tried to tour a public school and were met by protesters, was seen as wrong in the eyes of many of those who feel you need to know what is needed in public schools. Of course you need to know as…

My First Teacher Is #MyBlackHistory Hero: My Moms

When I think about Black History, I think about the history of my family. My mother, Mattalyn Love Jones, fondly referred to as “Moms,” is one of the strongest women I have ever met. At 68, she’s going strong. She raised two hard-headed boys to be two productive men, both graduates of Detroit Public Schools. Like her mother, she believed…

#MyBlackHistory: Veunita’s Coats of Many Colors: Remembering the Detroit Teacher Who Changed My Mother’s Life

1965. It was a rough year for one young lady. Her mom had passed away two years before. She and her siblings were sent to different foster homes. She now lived with her second foster family. Every day she came to school in a little windbreaker no matter how cold it was. It was all she had. She washed her…

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