The moving of strong school programs is one of the success stories of recent school consolidation programs undertaken by DPS. I asked the principals who managed those successful moves about their strategies and lessons learned.
It is clear that the state can no longer provide excellence in public education on its own. That is why it is crucial for our communities to follow the lead of higher education to come together to inject philanthropy into public education.
Our friendly rivalries aside, U of Michigan and MSU students alike are stepping up in meaningful ways to make an impact in the lives of students and the future of our state and country.
Foundations wield enormous power in defining problems and determining solutions. In Detroit, as in much of the country, this is especially clear in the education of our children.
Every now and then a grin comes across my face. That grin edges to a full-blown smile when it comes to the Detroit Children's Museum, which DPS is reopening for thousands of our students for field trips.
We believe that providing a platform to connect colleges with high school students will encourage youth to set and achieve new education goals instead of settling for the bare minimum.
I can hear it already: "Why should we have to incentivize parents to attend parent-teacher conferences?" But here's the thing: It works.
The first thought that crossed many minds when seeing this headline probably involved students using marijuana or narcotics. I would beg those shallow-minded individuals to think again.
I'll bet you think you know a lot about Detroit Public Schools from reading the headlines and watching the nightly news, right? Well, I'm about to surprise you
Look a Reading Corps volunteer in the face, or see that familiar red CityYear jacket, or stumble upon the dozens of Quicken Loans staff who have adopted Chrysler School, and you might catch the volunteer fever yourself.
Officials need to think carefully about what closing a school means to parents and local residents.
After news that Governor Snyder lifted the limits on the number of charter schools operating in Michigan, you may be asking yourself, "What's stopping me from opening my own charter school?" Not much, in all likelihood.
If you're a parent or guardian or even an uncle or aunt, you know the feeling of helplessness when you are at a loss for helping your child or children grow and succeed.
Michigan Senate Republicans want to tighten the rules so that a legislator's votes cannot be grounds for recall, as was the case with recalled legislator Paul Scott.
Highly active men's patrol groups have been watching routes and bus stops near schools for the past two years.
I have more hope than ever for Detroit's future and am excited to share some of the highs that, I believe, will help form the building blocks for future positive reform.