Crain's Detroit Business : Subscription Center. The Bills That Want to Solve Detroit's School Crisis. Three months into her son’s first pass at third grade, Arlyssa Heard had a breakdown.
Judah was bright, but had begun calling himself stupid. The chaos of Detroit’s precarious education landscape had forced him to switch schools every few months, leaving him further and further behind. There was no central system to transfer Judah’s records when he moved, and according to Heard the school where he started the 2014-15 academic year had a single teacher assigned to 44 third-graders. Heard was virtually alone in trying to deal with the fact that her boy, then 8, could write only the first two letters of his name. Heard says she was one of the parents Detroit Public Schools turned to when it needed a strong family showing at a rally or community members to serve on a task force. “Here I was this advocate for education, and I couldn’t find a place for my son,” she says. The scope of the problems plaguing Detroit schools—both traditional district schools and charters—is almost unfathomable.
We saved the automakers. How come that didn’t save Detroit? It's common for headline-writers to refer to the Big Three automakers — Ford, Chrysler, and GM — as "Detroit.
" The monument to Joe Louis in Detroit, known as "The Fist. " (Paul Sancya/AP) But that metonymy is misleading in a very important way. The fortunes of Detroit the city are no longer tied up with the fortunes of the Big Three automakers. That helps explain why Ford, Chrysler, and GM have all been thriving since the auto bailout in 2009 while the city of Detroit continued to deteriorate and has now just declared bankruptcy. From 1910 to 1950, Detroit's economy was synonymous with car manufacturing. Even then, much of the auto industry's industrial base wasn't in the city proper. Anatomy of Detroit’s Decline - Interactive Feature.
District Judge Gerald Rosen, lead Detroit bankruptcy mediator on adjustment plan Chief U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen, the lead bankruptcy mediator, thanks a large group of people who worked on Detroit's bankruptcy deal and sacrificed for the greater good during a press conference after U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhode's confirmation of Detroit's plan of adjustment at Theodore Levin United States Courthouse in Detroit, Nov. 7, 2014 (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive Detroit) DETROIT, MI -- The city can now afford to hire more police and firefighters.
That's the bottom line after a 16-month court process that came to a triumphant climax Friday with Detroit being authorized to shed $7 billion of debt. "There are going to be more than 200 additional police officers on the street as a result of the plan," said Mayor Mike Duggan. Implementation of an elaborate, 10-year plan to restore long-broken city services is now possible after U.S. Others complied for fear of deeper cuts. Cuts in fire protection leading to deaths in Detroit. By Lawrence Porter 12 February 2013 Detroit firefighters battle a house fire A series of brutal budget cuts to the Detroit Fire Department and other social services by Mayor David Bing, the Detroit City Council and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is producing the foreseeable outcome: the death of Detroit residents.
One tragedy follows another. Most recently, six-year-old Miguel Chavez died, in part due to a delay in the arrival of emergency services, when his family’s Southwest Detroit home caught fire. Firefighters eventually took Chavez and his brother, Julio, to the hospital in a fire truck. Detroit loses 1,400 police officers in a decade, struggles to keep pace with crime. RELATED: Find details on police and crime trends in your area.
DETROIT, MI - Police officers in Detroit, a city that's struggled for years to maintain services, are working as hard as ever. There just aren't enough of them. The state's largest department thinned from 3,700 sworn officers to 2003 to just over 2,700 in 2012. New paramedics to help Detroit improve 911 response time. Inkster Police Chief Resigns Citing Senseless Crime, Lack Of Resources. DETROIT (WWJ) – Inkster’s police chief has resigned.
Hilton Napoleon turned in his resignation Thursday, citing what he calls the “senseless murder of a two-year old” as one reason. Napoleon also says he’s been working under extreme working conditions during the past 18 months, including the lack of resources. His resignation is effective Friday. The two-year-old he is referring to is Kamiya Gross. She was shot to death July 1 outside a home on Carlyle Street. Napoleon, has been on the job for about three years, and has advocated for Wayne County Sheriff’s department to step in and handle Inkster’s policing–to save money and to help crack down on violent crime. The city is under a consent decree with the state – as it has seen its police force dwindle from about 60 to 25. In a Free Press article last fall, Hilton Napoleon, the brother of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, said he believe some of Inkster officers lacked integrity and weren’t “qualified to be police officers.”