Return DPS to school board, shut EAA, coalition urges. A seismic shakeup of education in Detroit proposed Monday calls for returning control of Detroit Public Schools to an elected school board, having the state assume $350 million in district debt, and giving a mayoral-appointed commission control of all school closures and openings.
Those are among the ambitious recommendations rolled out by the 36-member Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren after three months of studying the city's fractured system of public education and persistent financial problems at DPS. The coalition, which sent its recommendations to Gov. Rick Snyder, also wants all Education Achievement Authority schools returned to DPS control. Detroit's population loss slows; some suburbs see gains. Detroit continues to lose residents, but the population loss appears to be slowing, with about 1% moving out between 2013 and 2014, according to estimates released today by the U.S.
Census Bureau. In the tri-county area, the Oakland County suburbs of Lyon and Oakland townships and Sylvan Lake, as well as Macomb and Washington townships in Macomb County grew the fastest, according to the estimates. The census makes the estimates annually based on a review of birth and death records, as well as migration. Demographer Kurt Metzger said Detroit's population loss appears to be easing. "It continues to average about 1% loss per year," said Metzger, now mayor of Pleasant Ridge. Detroit Population Down 25 Percent, Census Finds. Photo Laying bare the country’s most startling example of modern urban collapse, census data on Tuesday showed that Detroit’s population had plunged by 25 percent over the last decade.
It was dramatic testimony to the crumbling industrial base of the Midwest, black flight to the suburbs and the tenuous future of what was once a thriving metropolis. It was the largest percentage loss for any American city with more than 100,000 residents over the last decade, apart from the unique situation of New Orleans, where the population dropped by 29 percent after in 2005, said Andrew A. Beveridge, a sociologist at Queens College. Detroit, Losing Population, Makes Plans to Shrink. “The biggest problems are those people who are on the outskirts more than anything else, where neighborhoods have gone down to a point where it makes no sense to reinvest,” he said.
“People will say, ‘Well, why not me?’ And I’m saying, we don’t have the money to do that.” Detroit is already shrinking on its own, of course. DPS math, reading scores still bottom in national test. Detroit Public Schools: 93% Not Proficient in Reading; 96% Not Proficient in Math. Flanked by Sen.
Ted Kennedy and Rep. John Boehner, President George Bush signs the No Child Left Behind Act in January 2002. (AP Photo) Detroit worst in math, reading scores among big cities. For a fourth straight time, Detroit students have scored the lowest among big-city districts in math and reading, according to national test results released Wednesday.
Detroit Public Schools’ fourth- and eighth-graders lagged students in 20 other districts included in the National Assessment of Educational Progress Trial Urban District Assessment. DPS also ranked lowest in 2009, 2011 and 2013. Achievement levels on the exam are basic, proficient and advanced. Students who score below basic lack fundamental skills. The results did include some positive news for the state’s largest district. Fixing Detroit’s Broken School System: Improve accountability and oversight for district and charter schools. Detroit is a classic story of a once-thriving city that has lost its employment base, its upper and middle classes, and much of its hope for the future.
The city has been on a long, slow decline for decades. It’s difficult to convey the postapocalyptic nature of Detroit. Miles upon miles of abandoned houses are in piles of rot and ashes. Unemployment, violent crime, and decades of underinvestment have led to a near-complete breakdown of civic infrastructure: the roads are terrible, the police are understaffed, and there is a deeply insufficient social safety net. There are new federal funds and private investment being directed to Detroit’s renewal. In January 2014, as part of a multicity study, researchers from the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) met with a dozen parents in Detroit to learn about their experiences with education in the city. Ms. Today, Detroit is a “high-choice” city. School Choice with Few Options The dearth of high-quality options is evident to parents. Mayor Mike Duggan: Some Detroit school conditions 'break your heart' Mayor Mike Duggan added his voice Tuesday to those of teachers and others calling for state help for Detroit Public Schools, noting that conditions in some of them "break your heart.
" "What I saw today was a mixed bag," Duggan said after touring four schools in the city. "There were some schools that were very well-maintained. There were some other schools that would just break your heart, where students wore their coats in class until it was warm enough to take them off or where children couldn't use the gym because of the water damage. Crumbling, Destitute Schools Threaten Detroit’s Recovery. Residents wonder how the city can ever recoup its lost population and attract young families if the public schools are in abysmal shape.
“As we begin to rebuild this city and we’re seeing money and development moving in, people are understanding that there is no way we can improve Detroit without a strong educational system,” said Mary Sheffield, a native of Detroit and a City Council member. “We have businesses and restaurants and arenas, but our schools are falling apart and our children are uneducated. Michigan Senate approves Detroit Public Schools reform legislation. The Michigan Senate today approved sweeping legislation that would split Detroit Public Schools in two and create a controversial new education commission to decide the fate of school openings and closings across the city.
The legislation, part of a $720-million plan to restructure the debt-ridden district, faces an uphill battle in the House. Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, said that the bills represent a fresh start for Michigan's largest school district. Sick-outs could close Detroit schools this week. Opponents of the state plan to fix Detroit Public Schools said Sunday that teacher sick-outs would close two schools on Monday to protest Gov.
Breaking down the DPS rescue plan. Detroit Public Schools’ road to financial health will involve splitting the district into two, a shift in the way millage revenue is used and a hefty investment by the state. Here's a breakdown of how it would work: The current situation: DPS is projected to have an accumulated operating debt of $515 million by June 30. The district is in dire straits and is expected to run out of money by April 8 and be unable to pay its staff. Of rats and debts.