Month: March 2017

Detroit NAACP Hearing on Quality Education: Was It a Quality Conversation?

Last night, the Detroit NAACP hosted the fifth of seven hearings on quality education (Traditional public vs. charter schools) at the Detroit College Preparatory High School formerly known as Detroit Northwestern High School. The previous four hearings were held in New Haven, Memphis, Orlando and Los Angeles. The hearings have five areas of focus: Charter funding, Oversight & Accountability, Charter…

The Biggest Oxymoron About School Closures and “Poor” Families

“It was their right to know, and that’s why we pushed to make sure they had options,” School Reform Officer Natasha Baker says in the Detroit News. “Now, were they far away? Is it difficult? Yes. But when you’re poor, and I know this for a fact, life is harder. You have to go the extra mile.” The extra mile?…

Detroit School Closure Updates

Detroit Free Press: Mich. makes offers to prevent school closures http://on.freep.com/2lnrdQS Michigan Superintendent Brian Whiston has an enticing deal that could help prevent 38 schools from being closed by the state.Whiston sent letters to superintendents of eight school districts this week, all of which have schools on the state’s potential closure list. His offer: Enter into an agreement with the…

Boil Water Alerts: Water Pressure Issues or another Water Crisis for Michigan?

Several Detroit Schools send out calls and text messages alerting families that schools are closed as an effort to keep students safe. Bottled waters were immediately given to students yesterday as announcements warned students not to drink the water. News articles gave updates on which neighborhoods should and should not be concerned. http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2017/03/02/detroit-water-boil-advisory/98642892/ Detroit families are concerned and everyone is…

Dear Secretary Devos, Don’t Talk About HBCU’s If You Don’t Know

Below is one of my dearest friends giving her response to Secretary of Education Betsy Devos’s comments on Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) this week in Washington, DC. As someone who attended Morehouse College, before I served overseas in the Marines. I’m kind of pissed off. An opportunity to create effective unity and collaboration between the African-American community on…

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