Category: School Safety

Afraid To Go To School

I’ve never been so concerned about dropping my daughter off at school as I am today. The biggest concern is that she too has thoughts in the back of her head about what could happen. She wonders what it will be like if a door slams too loud. Should she tell if a student seems weird or off today? If…

Black History Facts About Detroit Schools Educating Black Children

Detroit Black History: In 1842, the Detroit Board of Education which establishes Detroit Public Schools is founded. They do not allow Black children to attend any of the schools they establish. This will be the policy for 20 years. When they finally open a school for Black students in 1863, it is a “Colored School,” and it is inferior in…

Public vs. Charter: Should Parents Have A Choice?

The charter vs public school conversation is so skewed with myths, like charters take funds from public schools and public schools are condemned for failing children. This vainglorious battle between the two public education sectors has been replayed so many times and it’s getting old. The fact of the matter is that parents don’t care whether their children are in…

Three School Shootings In Two Days

Detroit School Talk would like to say that our hearts go out to the victims and families of yesterday’s school shootings. My daughter informed me of one shooting and we awake to find that there were actually three even mor disheartened to know that this makes 49 occurrences since the school year began. We should all have a conversation about…

$50,000,000, Hope and Advocacy For Detroit Earliest Learners

Where does hope start in a city like Detroit where 14 percent of third graders read at grade level and 60 percent live in poverty?” It starts with a cohesive collaboration of community leaders, community foundations, educators, lawmakers, and parents. That’s the heart of the citywide initiative called Hope Starts Here, which heard from all of us for a full…

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