In Detroit school reform debate, focus on accountability

By William Taubman and Shirley Stancato, Free Press guest writer

Nothing has been the focus of more effort by more people in recent years than the repeated attempts to reform the Detroit Public School System.

It has been 15 years since the initial state takeover of DPS took place. Students who were in pre-school at that time have since graduated from or just left a system that still fails to deliver an adequate education to far too many students.

Yet the fact remains today, as it did 15 years ago, that nothing is more critical to Detroit’s long-term future than creating a system that provides Detroit children the education they need to compete in the 21st Century job market.

Yet the fact remains today, as it did 15 years ago, that nothing is more critical to Detroit’s long-term future than creating a system that provides Detroit children the education they need to compete in the 21st Century job market.

As the Rev. Larry Simmons of the Brightmoor Alliance said this spring, “For all the great work that’s happening in Detroit, unless we successfully shift our education system so it trains and teaches high-performing kids to become high-performing adults, it’s all a waste of time.”

That is why a group of concerned Detroit leaders from business, labor, education, the faith community, the non-profit community and the grass roots community combined their efforts in October of 2014 to create the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren, which took a clear-eyed look at today’s educational reality in Detroit.

Despite their very diverse backgrounds, they were able to reach a consensus about shared goals for success and on some bold solutions to create a modern, effective educational system for Detroit.





New Detroit Today - November/December 2015

Tenth annual Youth Leadership Summit on Race

On Nov. 7, 2015, New Detroit hosted its 10th annual Youth Leadership Summit on Race in partnership with the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The summit is planned by the Youth Leadership Institute, a group of 25 high school students and five college student mentors who met on a monthly basis. It brought together a racially diverse group of about 250 high school students from Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties.





The Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren update

On The Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren, which includes New Detroit board members and our CEO, is still hard at work trying to improve Detroit schools. After two trips to Lansing to make recommendations to lawmakers, there has yet to be any legislation passed on the issue. However, the coalition is still moving forward, working towards solutions for making Detroit’s school landscape more equitable, accessible and successful for all children.





    

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