We the people elected this new board. We the people listened to their promises to give the citizens and most importantly the families and staff of Detroit Public School Community District what they want.
Well, we the people have spoken.
We want to give Alycia Meriweather the chance to prove she can do the job. She has already proven her capabilities as interim superintendent. She came in the door working hard and is still dedicated to working hard for our students and families. She has made progress with the teachers’ union, developed relationships with nonprofits and the business community. And, she has shown life long dedication to Detroit.
If she was good enough to stand with the board against the School Reform Office, why shouldn’t she be Superintendent?
If she was good enough to sign her name to a lawsuit against the State of Michigan, why shouldn’t she be Superintendent?
Some of the board members stood in agreement at the DPSCD/EAA meetings with Alycia where the community gathered to hear possible plans of reviving its lowest performing schools. She is doing good work for Detroit.
And we aren’t the only ones asking why it can’t be her.
The Michigan Chronicle wants to know why not?
The petition on change.org shows that people want her to be given a chance.
And The Detroit News agrees.
“It’s an undeserved snub, and it doesn’t bode well for the kind of decisions the school board will make. It’s true that Meriweather doesn’t have a long record of superintendent roles. But she makes up for that with her longstanding commitment to the district and Detroit — and her demonstrated competence as interim chief. The former (and final) DPS emergency manager, Steven Rhodes, tapped her a year ago. Prior to this role, Meriweather served as the district’s executive director of curriculum. And she’s also been a teacher, and is a graduate of the district.” (Detroit News, 3/25/17)
I think the majority of Detroiters agree that we don’t want to start over from scratch. Detroit has had too many back to the drawing board moments but what Alycia has accomplished during her time at the helm is promising. And we like what we see.
Detroit Public School Board, you owe this to the people who elected you. The ones you promised to represent. The ones who fought hard to get you elected.
Give Alycia a Chance.