Tag: Michigan

Dear Governor Snyder, This Is How Detroit Parents Feel About School Closures

Dear Governor Snyder, The Detroit Parent Network is a membership organization of thousands of parents across Southeast Michigan. As parents, we are asking you and the State School Reform Office (SRO) to approach the life-altering and community-changing issue of school closures with more consideration for the children and families impacted by your actions. We would also like to work with…

My First Teacher Is #MyBlackHistory Hero: My Moms

When I think about Black History, I think about the history of my family. My mother, Mattalyn Love Jones, fondly referred to as “Moms,” is one of the strongest women I have ever met. At 68, she’s going strong. She raised two hard-headed boys to be two productive men, both graduates of Detroit Public Schools. Like her mother, she believed…

#MyBlackHistory: Veunita’s Coats of Many Colors: Remembering the Detroit Teacher Who Changed My Mother’s Life

1965. It was a rough year for one young lady. Her mom had passed away two years before. She and her siblings were sent to different foster homes. She now lived with her second foster family. Every day she came to school in a little windbreaker no matter how cold it was. It was all she had. She washed her…

Final Devos Vote for Education Secretary is Coming Up Next Week

I don’t think anyone has seen such a contentious confirmation hearing process before this year. At the top of the drama. Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. She cleared confirmation with the Senate Education Committee and she must now get a majority vote on the floor of the U.S. Senate. This vote is shaping up to be contentious as well.…

My Daughter Was Suspended For Wearing Boots. Principals Should Be Working to Keep Kids in School. Not Finding Arbitrary Reasons to Kick Them Out!

Suspended because she can’t wear her shoes! Yes, you read that correct. Three weeks ago my daughter was hospitalized due to numbness, swelling and pain in her legs. The side-effects had been there for months, but this time was different. Victoria was in pain and could not walk. The diagnosis, lymphedema of her lower extremities, is painful but manageable if…

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