In Michigan's largest city, 67 percent of children live in poverty. How can they not? Unemployment in Detroit is thought to be close to 50 percent by the city's mayor.
It would be tempting to blog about DPS' commitment to improve east side neighborhoods through the new East English Village Prep. Academy. But my attention turned to a speaker, a Morningside resident who has lived in her Habitat home since 2009.
A snobberie, a soire, a sassy fashion gathering, a sip, a shop and a salute -- all of this, as well as a whole lot of poetry, will be going on Thursday, Feb. 23 in Rachel Lutz's remarkable Peacock Room in Detroit's Park Shelton Hotel.
I am an unapologetic optimist, not because I see the world through rose-colored glasses or have Pollyannaish sensibilities, it's because I have been a student of DreamMakers all my life -- my parents.
As citizen oversight diminishes, the power of the state increases, enforcing compliance with deadening systems designed to demand obedience and control.
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.