How bad are conditions in Detroit public schools? This appalling. Detroit public school teachers are staging "sick-outs.
" Here is what you need to know about the school conditions that they say make it difficult to do their jobs. (Claritza Jimenez/The Washington Post) Detroit teachers sick of working in appalling conditions called in sick in huge numbers today, forcing nearly all of Detroit’s public schools to close. How appalling? In a piece titled, “How can you teach or learn in conditions like this,” which was published on the PBS NewsHour Teachers’ Lounge blog, Detroit counselor Lakia Wilson wrote: The odorous smell of mold and mildew hits you like a brick wall when you step through the front doors at Spain Elementary-Middle School in Detroit.
A group of teachers, parents and children protest Jan. 11, 2016, in Detroit. According to the Detroit Free Press: Teachers have been using rolling sickouts in recent weeks to spotlight the poor conditions of dilapidated schools. The city’s public school system has been in serious trouble for years. 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. Just Cut Property Taxes! Detroit parents, students hope for better. As lawmakers grapple over proposed legislation to restructure Detroit Public Schools, those with the most at stake — parents and students — have clear ideas about what the new district should look like.
Nickyl Nelson, 18, a junior at Osborn Collegiate Academy of Mathematics, Science & Technology, said she would like to see a system with robust student activities, something many DPS schools have lost over time because of budget cuts. She'd join a swim team if she could; the school pool has been dry for years. "Without a lot of activities, it leads to more altercations, such as gang violence and fighting, and things of that nature," she said. "There’s really nothing for us to do after school. More activities could make a big difference. " Nickyl said she hopes a better school transportation system also can be developed. "The buses don’t always run on time," she said.
Robinson said the new district needs to get creative to woo back students who left DPS for charter schools. Forbes Welcome. When bad schools go on and on ... Why? How Michigan ranks its authorizers by academics In 2013, Michigan’s State Board of Education commissioned a study to rank the 11 largest charter authorizers in the state.
A group of professors from Michigan State University conducted the study. The ranking was based on student achievement, student growth and authorizer improvement, and achievement gaps across demographic groups in mathematics, reading, science, social studies and writing on the MME and MEAP tests, as well as the graduation rate for high schools. Some authorizers dispute the findings, saying the study didn’t take their schools’ poverty rates into consideration. Here is how the authorizers were ranked: 1. Eastern Michigan University glowingly recommended to its board of regents in June 2013 that Hope Academy’s charter be reauthorized.
In a four-paragraph report, EMU officials summarized curriculum, noted growth in enrollment and said the Detroit school, founded in 1998, was proud of a 10% increase in honor-roll students.