Category: Accountability

DPSCD Leaving The Charter Business Behind?

Superintendent Vitti was clear as he shared with The Detroit Freepress that he is uncomfortable staying with the old way DPSCD does business as a charter authorizer. However, “Vitti said there may also be value in continuing as an authorizer and setting the standard in the city for quality authorizing and oversight — and for the district playing an even…

Will New ESSA Plans Help Create Generation “Easy”?

As education experts and parents take a look at our state’s ESSA plan that was submitted to the U.S. Dept. of Education this year, I decided to take a different route. ESSA doesn’t directly affect me. It affects my daughter and her high school curriculum. ESSA is the Every Student Succeeds Act. It is the federal law that is replacing…

Excellent Schools Detroit Has Officially Closed Its Doors!

Detroit will never be the same. When Excellent Schools Detroit (ESD) opened its doors in 2010, for the first time families were able to be a part of the process of reviewing schools and reporting to the public what a good school was and wasn’t. These schools’ scorecards became what families used to select k-12 schools and opened the door…

IEP, It’s a Federal Document, So Why Are These Students Still Struggling to Receive Support?

It takes a lot for parents to finally get an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) or 504 plan for their child with disabilities. Meeting after meeting, test after test, and lists of forms that seem to ask the same questions over and over again. It’s endless! The annual IEP, crafted by Child Study Teams that include specialists and parents, can include…

The Unfinished Work of Brown

By Amber Arellano Sixty-three years ago this week, the United States Supreme Court shocked the nation by publicly stating what so many Americans already knew: that separate is inherently unequal. Through their landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the court formally ended our nation’s practice of enforced segregation in our schools, enshrined in the 1896 doctrine of “separate…