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    Tag: Detroit Public Schools

    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

    It's time to nut up or shut up!

    By KG One, Section News
    Posted on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 02:55:00 PM EST
    Tags: Stand up for Democracy, Public Act 4, Benton Harbor, Flint, Detroit...you are next, Detroit Public Schools, Highland Park Public Schools, Michigan Supreme Court, Michigan State Board of Canvassers, Democrats, Unions, Okay...so what's YOUR plan? (all tags)

    Let's see if the democrats have what it takes.

    {Continued after the fold}.

    (6 comments, 268 words in story) Full Story

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    In the Best Interests of a Detroit Child

    By Rougman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 11:11:24 AM EST
    Tags: Education, Detroit, Robert Bobb, Detroit Public Schools (all tags)

    In the best interests of the child is a term most often raised when it comes to family court and child custody. It is a term that helps to describe how child advocates, both those within the legal system and those on the outside, attempt to arrive at legal judgments that most benefit the children.

    It is also a system that on its face is too often turned on its head with advocates and judges routinely making decisions based on arbitrary factors such as sex of the parent, money, and which parent is most easily pacified. Best interest of the child?

    While at least legal lip service is given to the term in family, probate and circuit courts, no such whispers of "in the best interests of the child" are being entertained in the recent victory of the Detroit school board over its emergency financial manager, Robert Bobb.

    (46 comments, 799 words in story) Full Story

    Waiting On Labor Day

    By Rougman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Dec 10, 2009 at 11:16:45 AM EST
    Tags: Education, Detroit Public Schools (all tags)

    cross posted at an impatient Rougblog

    A lot of finger wagging and heady pontification takes place down in Lansing whenever the focus turns to Michigan's public schools. Heated debate is more than understandable too, as there has been little positive news concerning any part of that whole disaster in quite a long time.

    As parents have incrementally abdicated their responsibilities to the all-caring bureaucrats of Lansing and Washington (and lets be honest here, our kind overlords have done more than a fair share of wresting responsibilities from parents resistant to this abdication,) test scores have worsened, districts have found it increasingly difficult to keep the buses running, and unions have dug in their heels against reforms integral to correcting problems that affect not only the test scoring, but the finances as well.

    These problems are all well documented, and recent events aren't likely to change the headlines.

    The largest school district in the state was rocked this week with the results of a national standardized test that placed it dead last among all schools in the nation that took the test. Honestly, that stark assessment does not go nearly far enough. The results recognized the Detroit Public Schools (DPS) system as not only the worst performing system on this particular test, but as the worst performing school in the history of the test. These shameful test results, owned by the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan, are a monument to failure on an historical scale.

    Maybe we can get one of those roadside markers put up.

    (2 comments, 1013 words in story) Full Story

    Detroit Makes it to the Top of the List

    By Rougman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Dec 08, 2009 at 02:49:14 PM EST
    Tags: Detroit, Detroit Public Schools, Robert Bobb (all tags)

    Who says that Detroit cannot bring home the hardware?

    When test results were delivered around the nation to school districts that take part in the standardized National Assessment of Educational Progress, only Detroit merited a visit by Michael Casserly, executive director of the Washington-based Council of the Great City Schools, to help brief the media prior to the release of the results.

    Pretty cool huh, that Detroit Public Schools should deserve the presence of a nationally recognized educator to address the media on the school's latest measurement of academic achievement.

    Oh, nuts. Then the results were disclosed.

    (2 comments, 638 words in story) Full Story

    Educating Detroit

    By Dewey from Detroit, Section News
    Posted on Sun Aug 02, 2009 at 04:21:05 PM EST
    Tags: Detroit Public Schools, Robert Bobb, Detroit school bankruptcy, illiteracy, drop out rate (all tags)

    The only thing surprising about this story is that it's surprising to anyone: "Low level of literacy adds fuel to unemployment crisis."

    Rochelle Riley's article in the Detroit Free Press points out that "One out of three working-age adults in Michigan -- 1.7 million people -- cannot read well enough to be hired for a job that will support a family."

    (539 words in story) Full Story

    Protecting Incompetence in the DPS

    By The Wizard of Laws, Section News
    Posted on Thu Apr 09, 2009 at 10:31:28 AM EST
    Tags: Detroit Public Schools, education, charter schools (all tags)

    It is one thing to be incompetent. It is quite another to circle the wagons and fend off any attempts to solve the incompetence. And yet, if Michigan's House Democrats get their way, that is exactly what will happen, as exemplified by HB 4047, passed April 2 by the House and sent on to the Senate.

    HB 4047, sponsored by Bettie Scott and co-sponsored by 21 other Democrats, is deceptively simple. The entire substance of the bill is as follows:

    A school district that was a first class school district as of September 1, 2008 shall continue to be considered to be a first class school district until July 1, 2010 regardless of its pupil membership.

    "First class" school districts are defined as those having at least 100,000 students. Of course, the only "first class" school district in the state is the Detroit Public School District (the next largest is Utica with 29,000). With its declining student base, however, DPS is threatening to fall into the category of "general powers" districts. According to the Senate Fiscal Agency, Detroit has lost more than 72,000 students since 2000. That's 43 percent of previous enrollment. Enrollment in the current year is expected to be about 96,000, down from over 168,000 in 2000. So, the effect of this bill, if it becomes law, is to prolong DPS's "first class" status, without regard to enrollment.

    Why does this matter? Here's what the House Legislative Analysis says:

    In Michigan law "first class" districts operate under a different set of state regulations from "general powers" districts. The sections of the Revised School Code dealing with "first class" districts address school board composition, school board officers, school board meeting locations, board member personal interest in contacts, required annual audits, voting procedures, public communication, condemnation proceedings, bond sales, contracts, and public safety. The law also limits the creation of charter schools in such a district. And, there are also references in many other statutes to "first class" school districts.

    There's the rub -- the bill would protect the present school board and, most importantly, limit the creation of charter schools in Detroit. There are four groups that can legally "charter" a school: universities, community colleges, intermediate school districts, or K-12 districts. Universities have reached their limit, and no intermediate or K-12 districts will charter schools in Detroit, leaving only community colleges who could do so. But, current Michigan law prohibits community colleges from chartering schools in "first class" districts.

    The effect of this bill, therefore, is to prevent educational competition in Detroit, protecting one of the most incompetent and most poorly run educational enterprises in the entire country.

    Not surprisingly, the entire educational establishment has lined up in favor of this bill, including the American Federation of Teachers, the Michigan Education Association, several members of the Detroit Board of Education, and the acting Detroit superintendent.

    I hestitate to ask this, but has anyone asked how this bill might affect Detroit's students? Granted, there are fewer of them every year, but perhaps running DPS could be a little more about education and a little less about protecting petty fiefdoms and defending incompetence.

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