Detroit, 1967, My Mom and How Saying No Saved Her Life

Singing was one of my mother Veunita’s greatest talents. She sang with such articulation and a Motown sound that proved she could stand up to some of the greatest. I loved hearing her sing as a child, it was powerful yet soothing. For the life of me, I never understood why she, a young woman with nothing to lose, would…

When White Friends Use Their Privilege To Fight Racism

Charlottesville, we are angry for you, heartbroken, crying in private and open spaces and in need of peace. Today I was silent, an angry silent. I turned off radios and televisions and cried. Then sparks of hope came from so many of my white friends who took to social media to display their disgust with what has happened. White friends who…

“The Feds” Say Michigan’s ESSA Plan Does Not Cut It.

 Detroit School Talk has been following the process for the state of Michigan’s ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) plan to be approved by the US Dept. of Education. Today, we found out the feds rated the plan “insufficient.” That is interesting. We have been saying this all summer. I blogged earlier this year that Michigan’s State Superintendent was working with…

School Choice: What Do You Think About It?

Take this brief survey for a chance to Win A $20 Gift card for back to school supplies. Choice: what is most important in schools and does it really matter to parents if a school is Charter or Public? You must leave your name and contact info for the gift card. Survey closes Friday, August 11th. Click here Or copy…