For too long, we have seen our manufacturing jobs shipped overseas with little investment to retrain workers. We have seen high local taxes stifle entrepreneurship. It's time that we -- the people of Detroit -- take charge of our city's future.
Americans say they strongly believe in exceptional educational systems. They want their kids to attend college and get prestigious jobs, but they seem lost in what can only be described as "magical thinking."
America was founded, and has flourished, as a land of opportunity, a place where, by working hard and seizing opportunities, each generation can do better than the last. But now, this very American notion seems frayed.
We've witnessed several years of this administration generally unconcerned about rising class sizes and teacher layoffs. The truth is that for the past two years, their priorities have pointed in an entirely different direction.
We needn't wait for Superman. The national scalability of proven, effective high schools shows that if we demonstrate the will, and rethink the three Ds of the education reform debate, great American schools can be ours today.