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School choice gutted Detroit’s public schools. The rest of the country is next. – VICE News

School choice gutted Detroit’s public schools. The rest of the country is next. – VICE News
It was a chilly afternoon in April 2013 when Roy Roberts, a former GM executive now charged with righting the struggling Detroit Public Schools, appeared in the auditorium of Oakman Elementary/Orthopedic, a school on the city’s northwest side. Roberts had arrived with an entourage of district officials and he didn’t waste any time with small talk. “We’ll be closing Northwestern,” he announced. About a dozen parents were there, among them Aliya Moore, the president of the parents’ organization. Moore’s older daughter, Chrishawana, was in fifth grade and her final year at the school, where she’d been since kindergarten. Her youngest, Tylyia, just a toddler at the time, had become a fixture on the campus, often seen coloring in the back of one of the kindergarten classrooms. Now she and the other parents looked at Roberts, perplexed. READ MORE: Amina, a Somali refugee, was about to reunite with her son, Mohamed, after nearly two years apart. “Oakman!

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