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    Tag: DPS

    $18.7M of DPS Emergency Manager Red Ink

    By Corinthian Scales, Section News
    Posted on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 11:54:00 AM EST
    Tags: Bismarckian politics, DPS, Roy Roberts, Did it for the children, EM, Andy Dillon, State Treasury, Lansing knew, Slick Rick, Detoilet, Bailout City (all tags)

    This is the problem with every aspect of the public sector - those in it - they all try to grow it.

    The cash-strapped Detroit Public Schools racked up an additional $18.7 million in debt from July through September after its plan to boost enrollment failed, and it spent above budgeted amounts on security, transportation and maintenance.

    The largest school district in the state, DPS had 300,000 students in the mid-1960s. After decades of steep enrollment  drops, demographers told DPS as it prepared its 2013-14 budget in June to expect another enrollment drop of 5,000 students and to budget for 46,000 students.

    Instead, the district announced it would [try to] attract 5,000 new students, for a total of 51,000, and approved a budget of $687 million.

    Financial experts said that was DPS's biggest mistake.

    Conway said he struggled to understand DPS' decision to budget an increase in students and revenues when the city is in decline. "You just added to the pile of debt," he said. "You are building a bigger mountain to climb."

    No, Mr. Conway.  Government has force of confiscation (taxes) at it's disposal so, it, the employed bureaucrat layers of Ineptocracy, then becomes too big to fail through parasitic consent.

    (1 comment) Comments >>

    Meet Sandra and Dominique Campbell...

    By Crippy, Section News
    Posted on Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 04:40:49 PM EST
    Tags: Detroit Public Schools, DPS (all tags)

    They were just convicted by a federal jury in Detroit of ripping $530,000 off of Detroit Public Schools.

    Sandra, an accountant, and her Daughter Dominique, a DPS TEACHER, were convicted of program fraud, conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, and tax charges.

    (3 comments, 174 words in story) Full Story

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Radical Leftist From DPS To Indoctrinate MSU Students

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 01:21:40 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Detroit, Elena Herrada, DPS, Emergency Manager, Radical Leftist, Border Agents Are KKK (all tags)

    By golly, folks have a right to their opinions, but THIS is some straight up hyperbole:

    Yeah, because we ought not really have any borders, and those border patrol agents just want to hang Latinos and burn crosses on their lawns. DEFINITELY NOT coffee ready pals!

    I will let you folks make the connection as to whether she is a positive force or not in our state. She certainly must have SOME influence however, being a DPS school board member and all.  And she is using that position to spread her love:

    "Elena Herrada, a Detroit Public Schools board member from District 2, will give a talk titled "Detroit Public School Board Member in Exile" 2:30-3:45 pm April 24 in Room 134 S. Kedzie Hall. A reception in the CLS Office in Room 200 S. Kedzie will be held immediately following the talk."
    Obviously it will be centered on her trials and tribulations as a 'marked' school board member; one that will likely be openly complaining about Detroit's emergency manager, and his crushing blows aimed at minorities.

    We've never seen this play before, have we?

    (1 comment) Comments >>

    Yo-ho! Yo-ho! A Pirate's Life For Me...

    By Corinthian Scales, Section News
    Posted on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 01:40:20 PM EST
    Tags: PA 72, PA 4, PA 4.1?, Gov. Blanchard, Gov. Granholm, Gov. Snyder, Robert Davis, Highland Park Public Schools, Fraud, AG Schuette where are you?, Ecorse, Jonathan Brown, Dr Walter Burt, Pontiac, Benton Harbor, DPS, Detroit?, So what is YOUR solution?, Dr Jumanne Sledge, Now add Inkster Schools to the equation (all tags)

    Didn't care for the $4M additional taxpayer dollars going to float the Highland Park School District?  Then brace yourselves for the Pontiac School District $159,922,531 abyss:

    And when the waters get too hot there, it's time to hoist anchor and set sail for...

    (1 comment, 215 words in story) Full Story

    Stupidity should be painful.

    By KG One, Section News
    Posted on Sun Feb 26, 2012 at 08:29:59 AM EST
    Tags: PA 72, PA 4, PA 4.1?, Gov. Blanchard, Gov. Granholm, Gov. Snyder, Robert Davis, Highland Park Public Schools, Fraud, AG Schuette where are you?, Ecorse, Pontiac, Benton Harbor, DPS, Detroit?, So what is YOUR solution? (all tags)

    This very important lesson was imparted to me when I had began driving for a living several decades ago by a wise trucker.

    Maybe because I had more co-workers who had more conscience about training me at that time, or they were just superior to the people turning out the "young guns" nowadays, but I understood this axiom very clearly even back then, and over the years, have gained a greater appreciation for it.

    It is also a lesson that I found is easily and very applicable outside of trucking.

    Am I trying to change the focus over from politics to Trucking?

    Not exactly.

    {Details below the fold}

    (11 comments, 1463 words in story) Full Story

    Do you really want to fix Detroit's Public Schools?

    By KG One, Section News
    Posted on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 08:30:23 PM EST
    Tags: DPS, ALL Public Schools, Why not go with something that works?, Parent Revolution, Parent Trigger Law (all tags)

    ~ Promoted For Discussion ~

    How about all under-performing/failing Michigan Public Schools?

    With Labor Day winding down and summer officially now over, we can start focusing on the things needed to get Michigan going again.

    Okay, okay, so our elected officials don't really start working until this Wednesday (must be nice), but now is a good as time as any to get the dialogue going here.

    So far, on Lansing's Agenda for this fall:

    -    Passing Freedom to Work legislation for Michigan.
    -    Getting another bridge built across the Detroit River.
    -    Making all of Michigan's Public Schools, Schools of Choice.

    That last one sounds great on paper.

    Not satisfied with how little Johnny's/Suzie's education is progressing?

    Just yank `em out of their under-performing school and put them into any district you want that has an available seat.

    Those other districts, you want the money. I know they do. So sit down, shut up and do as we in Lansing tell you to do.

    How does that really solve the underlying problem?

    {Continued after the fold}

    (3 comments, 1142 words in story) Full Story

    Buddy, have you got $327-million?

    By KG One, Section News
    Posted on Tue Aug 30, 2011 at 01:29:59 PM EST
    Tags: DPS, Guess how much money they need now?, Mike Flanagan, Malik Shabazz, Gov. Snyder Plan (all tags)

    Detroit's got some problems.

    Many of you will be quick to say, "Well, what was your first clue?"

    This is going a little beyond that, including some disturbing comments from Lansing leaders on how to address their latest problem.

    {Click below to continue reading.}

    (3 comments, 449 words in story) Full Story

    Victims of Benevolence

    By Rougman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 02:19:29 PM EST
    Tags: DPS, Free Lunch Program (all tags)

    One of the standards of both economics and human behavior is that you will get more of the activities you reward, and will get fewer of the activities that you punish.

    What should we expect then from an initiative that will grant all children in the Detroit Public School District a free breakfast, a free lunch, and a free snack? Certainly their will be short term positives from such a program. Less hunger in the classroom has got to be a good thing as far as that goes.

    And yet, the program has further goals:

    "One of the primary goals of this program is to eliminate the stigma that students feel when they get a free lunch, as opposed to paying cash."
    Here we are getting into a gray area where the long term negative outcomes might very well overwhelm whatever positive returns might result.

    What becomes of a society where a natural revulsion for accepting government handouts has been systematically stamped out? What results when young people are trained that government wealth redistribution efforts are every bit as legitimate as those that teach citizens to be independent and self-sufficient?

    (8 comments, 503 words in story) Full Story

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