Author: Bernita Bradley

Burning Education at Cooley High School: Accident or Not?

Was the burning of Detroit’s Legendary Cooley High School criminal arson or was it an accident? Abandoned school buildings are everywhere in our city, making it easy for thieves to create more blight in our communities. Offers were made to turn the building into a much-needed community center but the proposal was denied. The decision to close Cooley High School…

My Daughter Cried In School And This time I’m Happy for Her

Ninth grade can be a hard transition for most students but I never expected my daughter to cry on her second day of school. When she got in the car after school, I knew something was on her mind. We had our normal “how was school” spiel and she gave the usual responses. Silence grew thicker and finally she told…

Who’s In Your Classroom, Do You Really Know?

Wouldn’t it be great if all teachers had the chance to interview their students? You know, do a background check and find out what’s the real story behind everything they bring into the classroom on a daily basis? I know, I know! It sounds like I am in agreement with schools that may choose to cherry-pick their students. Just bear…

Detroit schools see enrollment uptick!

Detroit Public School Community District says parents have returned to their schools. The plan to increase numbers is far from over but the most important count is October 4th says Superintendent Vitti, “This all matters,” Vitti said of the enrollment numbers. “But what really matters is count day and count week.” Count day – which is Oct. 4 – is…

Here’s What It Means When We Say It ‘Takes a Village’

Community activism has to be a passion and is definitely not something for the faint at heart. One must be an advocate for families, a social worker, a life coach, the person on the block who watches out for their neighbors. This work builds character, but most of us doing it didn’t realize that our past and present experiences is…

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