Tag: school closures

Why Shopping for Schools Must be Strategic—Especially When the School You Love Is Closing

Six weeks into the new school year families filled the gym at Aisha Shule/W.E.B. DuBois Preparatory Academy—despite knowing the school would be closing. It was four years ago and I was part of a team of AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers asked to come to a school choice fair being held at the school. In our role as support for families, we…

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?…

A Detroit Mother’s Plea to State Officials: My Daughter has a Disability. Don’t Close the School That’s Working for Her.

Kenya Tubbs is the parent of a brilliant student at Fisher Upper. She’s also one of countless Detroit parents who are likely to lack good alternatives if the state carries through on a plan to close 38 schools. Tubbs would like the Lansing School Reform Office officials responsible for the decision to hear her and consider her child. These are…

Michigan Should Do Better by Students and Families or Let Someone Do the Work to Support Families During These Closings

Another week, and another blow dealt to Michigan’s students and families as a list of 38 possible school closures was released by the School Reform Office (SRO). Recent legislation charges this state agency with releasing a list of persistently failing schools recommended for closure (although there’s some debate about when that should start here). And over the next 30 to…

Michigan Schools, including some in Detroit, Face Closure Despite Promises to the Contrary

Erin Einhorn has a piece at Chalkbeat Detroit detailing the recent unveiling of some shocking news out of the state’s School Reform Office: despite prior promises made by the Michigan Department of Education, more than 100 under-performing schools could be closed this coming June.  This will come as an unwelcome surprise to the schools likely to be tagged for closure,…

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