A couple of press stories have come out within the last week that discuss the racial divide between Detroit and the five Grosse Pointe communities that make up the Grosse Pointe Public School District.
It is not a new story to me! I’m a former State Senate district director who has represented this border area between Detroit and “The Pointes” from 2004 to 2007. Regretfully, the only thing that has changed is that the Detroit Public Schools are struggling more now, then back in 2004.
The Detroit neighborhoods that border the Grosse Pointes have become more and more rundown over time, while their more affluent neighbors remain unharmed. But the Grosse Pointe community has always been an affluent community. And Detroit kids will not benefit from living on or near this community’s borders. Why? Because they are not allowed to attend their schools or visit their public parks. Their parks and schools are only for Grosse Pointe citizens.
Detroit Schools Rock’s Bernita Bradley talks about this in her interview with The Atlantic this week. She shares her experience with navigating between both cities while empowering parents to improve their children’s education.
Also read the Detroit Free Press Nancy Keffler’ article on this same subject. But it is not a new issue. http://www.freep.com/story/opinion/columnists/nancy-kaffer/2016/08/23/nancy-kaffer-racial-divide-sharp-michigan-schools/89108212/