Everyone has stake in Detroit’s students

Feb 11, 2016 by

A broad consensu needs to be created on a plan to address the city’s schools, and it needs to be formed soon

The educational mess in Detroit impacts us all.

The Michigan Legislature must put an end to the educational washout taking place in the City of Detroit. They need to fix the city’s schools, ending the teacher sickouts by creating healthy environments for learning.

It is good news the Legislature has begun hearings on the plight of education in Detroit. Clearly, a sense of urgency is needed.

The state has a moral and constitutional responsibility to fix what it is partially responsible for breaking. The state took control of DPS, placing a series of “emergency managers” in charge in what’s proved to be an utter failure.

DPS’ financial woes have neither been fixed nor provided even a minimal education to the majority of Detroit students. (The current EM, Darnell Earley, is stepping down under pressure.)

The public schools in Detroit have been hollowed out over the years. There are not enough fingers on two hands to point to the various culprits responsible for the mess that exists. This is not to say there are not exceptional teachers, principals, classrooms and schools – there are many.

Source: Watson: Everyone has stake in Detroit’s students

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