Author: detroitschool

First They Came…

By Jamila Martin First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was…

Message to Our New School Board

By Arlyssa Heard I am sure the elections of 2016 will be remembered as one of the most historic elections in our history.  This election cycle was about more than just popular names on the ballot, but some might argue, that it was about freedom, ideology, opportunity, and natural life.   Not only were there historic decisions being made on a…

Foundation Holds Teacher Listening Sessions

By Punita Thurman Over the past few years, there has been a lot change and evolution in the Detroit education landscape. In 2016 alone, we saw the launch of a debt-free Detroit Public Schools Community District and election of a new school board, and accountability measures put in place to better ensure every child is receiving a quality education. There is…

Keep Telling Your Truths…..Stay Ignited

By Bernita Bradley In Detroit, In Lansing: Keep Telling Your Truths and stay ignited.  Parents, this year was a rough one. We rallied, sent letters, broke bread with state reps and participated in hard conversations with some who we deem not to be supportive of our children getting what they deserve in their schools.   My hat goes off to us. I…

A Moment for Education Leaders

By Amber Arellano Like you, my organization is deeply troubled by widespread reports of racially charged bullying, intimidation and harassment that have been happening in Michigan public schools. Racially – charged chants, immigrant children breaking down in tears at school … This is not what public education stands for in our state. Yet I’m also heartened to see the many leaders…

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