Sadly, my home state has become a national poster child of how not to do charter schools. Leaders elsewhere should take notice: Michigan's charter school path is a tragic one to be avoided.
In December 2012, the mayor of Highland Park, Mich., DeAndre Windom, made the decision to close the water plant in his own city and contract with the Detroit Water and Sewage Department. He was praised a public policy genius.
We've spent many months studying the success of the nation's top education state, Massachusetts, and leading improvement states like Tennessee and Florida. Based on their proven track record of success, we have identified four areas that, with the right attention and investment, can put Michigan into the top 10 states for student growth in the next five years.
As I go through my recuperation, I find myself collecting the stories of friends who have been beset by the evil fracture fairy. Apparently this is a not uncommon rite of passage for those of us of a certain age.
Dr. King called for self-transforming programs to involve young people in direct actions in their cities and neighborhoods. The Boggs School is providing an environment for students to undergo self-transformation and is creating structures that are transforming education.
High academic standards, a rich curriculum, adequate funding -- all of these factors are important in why some schools succeed and others don't. But none of them matter as much as the quality of a school's teaching. Like our students, teachers are worth our investment.
The primary problem facing public education is the legislated diversion of time, talent and resources to things that do not improve student learning -- a reliance on silver bullet, bumper sticker market driven reform ideas instead of focused, research-based hard work and effort.
This program feeds a basic need for our young people; Detroit Food Academy gives them a place to be and group to belong to. And they completely own it.
Tossing Highland Park Renaissance Academy's library collection into a dumpster is part of a larger trend. It shows that Snyder and his appointees believe that nothing is sacred, particularly knowledge.
If the proficiency gap between Detroit's children and the Michigan average is any indication, our children have only fallen further behind these past four years.
I believe that the EAA is an experiment that should be stopped now. I don't believe it should be operating schools in Detroit, and it certainly should not be expanded statewide.
They arrive weekly at their assigned times, red and white DPS Reading Corps ID badges showing and, after signing in at the main office, proceed to one...
Recreation centers provide a much-needed -- and safe -- "escape." Most importantly, recreation centers enhance the quality of life for all people -- young and old. And the life lessons learned by participating in activities at recreation centers will have a long-lasting impact. I can attest to that firsthand.
While it's important we evaluate how we are teaching our children, we must never lose track of the intended result. Education is the deciding factor in giving children an opportunity to eventually live the lives they want to lead.
Poverty is personal, and I'm afraid both parties this year are missing a huge opportunity to spotlight this deep problem and offer actual, creative solutions to it. Here are some people and organizations the Republicans and Democrats could learn from.
The way to fight poverty in Detroit is to make sure schools give kids an education that is real, relevant and comprehensive. We must also begin to create small, self-governed intentional communities throughout the city.