An open mic night experience offered my students a poetic example of the opportunities that might be possible for them through their education -- and it gave them confidence in what they're capable of achieving.
On a daily basis, our kids and therefore our schools face an onslaught of challenges stemming from the ravishing effects of poverty and the culture of violence in the neighborhoods around them.
The state of education in Detroit continues to draw increasing attention, which is a good thing. However, the attention continues to focus on the negatives and the many positive solutions are relatively unnoticed.
Sharing their history, their volunteerism and their financial support, Detroit alumni are a key ingredient in preparing our Detroit students for successful futures.
To truly usher our state into economic recovery, and move from great to excellent, we must change the culture of education in our state and the City of Detroit.
Rebuilding Detroit is not only a security issue for residents but a national security issue. We need to make big changes in order to improve both the city and the lives of its citizens. It is my hope that you will entrust me to work for you on these issues.
While the good news is that education reformers are putting up for discussion the question of whether "old school" boundaries still work in this day and age, the bad news is that governance reform alone is not the answer.
Society's best equipment to adapt to the rapid changes of modern society are the youth themselves. Any initiative keeping them grounded in community-based social justice frameworks has the vision for a positive future.
The Class of 2012 at Detroit Cristo Rey High School took a risk by signing up for a Catholic, college-preparatory school that had not even opened, they worked harder than they had before, and 100 percent have been accepted into college.
Hundreds of creative and amazing pieces of art by Detroit Public Schools students will be shown in the 75th annual Detroit Public Schools Student Exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts beginning Saturday.
We have to band together to not only protect each other, but to provide for each other, share with each other, feed each other, care for each other and more importantly love each other in these tough times, Detroit.
Since joining the DPS family, I've come in contact with numerous awe-inspiring schools. For the people who are unaware of these programs, I can't help but wonder if they've seen what I've seen.
Whether their school is run by DPS, the EAA or one of the new charter conversions, it is imperative that all public school students in Detroit be provided with the best possible opportunity to learn.
Detroit Public School expanded citizens' patrols and also issued a call for additional volunteers this year. That, plus a multi-agency effort, resulted in safer schools and safer routes to school.
I believe that as emergency manager, I can be most effective if I communicate frankly with all District stakeholders. I have a controlled "open door" policy.