In the eyes of some, such as CBS's 60 Minutes, we are led to believe Detroit is akin to "Mogadishu.'' But I am proud that our work, and that of so many other committed Detroiters, paints a truer picture.
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.
I'm not arguing for innovation for its own sake. But where it can improve outcomes for our children, why haven't we pursued it with more vigor? What conditions need to exist to encourage faster and better innovation in public education?
Through working closely with writers and seeing their work in publications, it is my hope that our young people come away with a sense of their readers, a sense that there is someone there for them, like we are for Keats, on the other side of the page.
I have seen evidence for the challenges we face at every level, from the student with his head down in a South Side Chicago classroom, to district-wide data demonstrating vast underperformance and inequity, to our nation's weak standings on international assessments. The cause for concern is serious and urgent. There is evidence that we are making progress toward closing the opportunity gap, but I am worried - we are not closing the success gap.
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.
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If the goal is truly to fix public education in Chicago, would there be a need for marketing lessons for CPS bureaucrats? If during moments of honesty, managers talk about "blowing up" and "dismantling" a district, having a detailed script may be necessary.
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.
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...
Many of Detroit's youth arts organizations are intentionally carrying forward the inheritance that we honor by remembering figures like Dr. King and Mother Parks, as she is affectionately called among Detroiters.
What most of you remember from my days at Michigan happened on the basketball court. Very few realize that I was actually a good student who also made the Dean's List. Basketball was my spring board to college, but all inner-city kids aren't that fortunate.
Today In School Closures... Detroit is slated to close even more schools, reports CBS. Enrollment in the Motor City has dwindled from 150,000 to a projected 40,000. "A deficit elimination plan obtained by The Detroit News says the district will close 28 schools [by 2016]," CBS reports. "The closures are expected to save DPS about $13.4 million in operating expenses, but hundreds of district employees will be out of a job." The Free Press has a letter from emergency manager Roy Roberts to the district's employees: DPS has "accelerated the time line for its return to complete fiscal stability," he wrote. But Roberts hasn't said which schools will be shuttered.
Volunteer service projects are often of the paint/fix/clean-up type. But this year's new listings of school projects across DPS on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day have a lot of good options for the breed of volunteer who has to know that when they serve, they're doing something to change the world.
As Detroit nears the possible appointment of an emergency financial manager, it's important to note that although the current pace of change is not as rapid as necessary to extinguish this fiscal crisis, we have made progress since 2009.
Like educators around the country, I feel that Sandy Hook Elementary is my school and its children are my children. In our calls for action, we must take care of our souls and remember that while they may not solve, words can be a balm during hard times.