Black People : Detroit Public Schools: Closing 44 Schools

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  1. cherryblossom

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    DPS To Close 44 Schools, Demolish Others
    Some Of Detroit's Oldest High Schools Will Be Demolished

    POSTED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010
    UPDATED: 5:51 pm EDT March 17,2010

    DETROIT, Mich. -- The Detroit Public Schools Financial Manager has laid out a $1 billion plan to close 44 schools plus one administration building. The 44 buildings will be closed by June, and another 13 by 2012, including two of the city's most established high schools.

    Robert Bobb released the formal list of school closures and more specific closing dates during a news conference Wednesday as part of a proposed five-year plan to reorganize the district and make it leaner.

    Bobb said his five-year master facilities plan will be put into place between 2010-2015. Some buildings will be renovated and some will be consolidated into smaller and newer buildings and some will be demolished as the district prepares for a projected enrollment drop of about 30,000 students.....


    DPS will be broken up into 16 cluster neighborhood communities, to fit into Bing's plan.
    To read DPS' detailed plan for each neighborhood click on the links below:
    Osborn Neighborhood
    Pershing Neighborhood
    Denby Neighborhood
    Finney/East English Village Neighborhood
    Kettering/Airport Neighborhood
    Southeastern Neighborhood
    King Neighborhood
    Northwestern Neighborhood
    Central Neighborhood
    Mumford Neighborhood
    Cooley Neighborhood
    Ford Neighborhood
    Cody, Brightmoor Neighborhoods
    Cody, MacKenzie Neighborhood
    Southwestern Neighborhood
    Western Neighborhood

    More school closings are sure to anger many parents whose children will have to transfer.....

    COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE
     
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    I don't understand it...All these budget cuts and schools closing down. Are educational system is the worst! There are too many kids in one class room not getting the proper books, the proper one-on-one from the teachers.

    We can't rely on these schools to fully educate our kids...we gotta step in as parents, grandparents, and guardians and do something.

    I was just in Oakland and saw them rioting over the budget cuts in the schools...

    Where is our taxes going?!

     
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    Chuck:

    You can guess even this former Detroiter is not pleased by any of this...

    I. e., though one is led to believe this is just about black and other school officials past misconduct, etc., time and again black detroiters etc. have been subjected to the most absurd and bizarre schemes, most of which led from there to here, as in--the eventually disempowerment of the voters of that city, and the mayor's office etc. allowing private managment companies to (lord over) run their city's public school system!

    Do check out recent articles of the indie weekly THE MICHIGAN CITIZEN to find out what the remaining Detroit Public School system's board members etc. response (resistance) is to that too...

    Good luck and best wishes to them all!

    :fyi:
     
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    chuck Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Whites abandoned/fled/etc. Detroit after its Urban Rebellion took place back in the 1960's:

    Whites in opposition to federal court ordered bussing to integrate some metro detroit school systems led to the fire bombing of some busses etc. in one metro detroit community...

    Etc.

    So Metro Detroit is not a bastion of racial tolerance...

    Flashforward and the white controlled media here dares to use the former black mayor as a litmus test-- as a case study of how they judge guilty until proven innocent all black public officials even accused of the same misdeeds-while ignoring the fact some very rich white folk have tried to bail the fella out--one even giving him a job--as he's allegedly paying back the city--i. e., for the expenses they had to shell out--in the millions--to defend his lying rear end--via a plea barganing agreement...

    The downfall of the city's schools reflects the same sort of self serving outs...

    And-- for the white leaders in the state's capitol--Lansing-- to allow its major city--Dettroit--to fall into decline--i. e., since the end of the two decades its first black mayor--Coleman A. Young--left office--does come across as a case study of present day white racism ad naseum in the United States...

    So do hope for the best and do pray for us all, y'all!

    :fyi:
     
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    DPS Board fights back

    By Zenobia Jeffries

    The Michigan Citizen

    DETROIT — On March 9 the elected Detroit Board of Education, joined by a coalition of community groups, sought an injunction against DPS Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb for conflict of interest. The suit challenges Bobb’s salary, which is paid by private organizations.

    “It’s an unacceptable reduction of democracy … a dangerous precedent,” said one of the plaintiffs’ attorney, Shanta Driver, in a press conference March 8, referring to Bobb’s $145,000 “supplemental compensation.”

    News reports confirmed an $81,000 raise in Robert Bobb’s salary just last week. According to the contract renewal effective March 2 of this year between Robert Bobb and the State of Michigan, Bobb is to receive an additional $56,000 from the Broad Foundation — of which Bobb is a 2005 graduate of their 10-month superintendent program — and $89,000 from “other philanthropic organizations” that remain unidentified. DPS pays Bobb $280,000, bringing his total salary to $425,000.

    The plaintiffs are requesting that the section of Bobb’s contract that allows him to receive additional income be voided.

    “The whole idea of private funding of a public official is thoroughly dishonest,” Steve Conn, a plaintiff in the lawsuit and Detroit Public School teacher and parent told the Michigan Citizen.

    Conn believes that this lawsuit is the end of Robert Bobb in Detroit. “He’s gotta be removed now. The lawsuit exposes to the public eye the rich and so-called philanthropist. They have to get him out because they can’t stand the light on them…they can’t survive that.”

    Conn called the money Bobb is receiving from private organizations “bribery by another name,” during the press conference and said he holds both Gov. Jennifer Granholm and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan accountable.

    “These same foundations will allow him [Bobb] to destroy public school districts,” DPS Board President Otis Mathis said. Mathis told the press Bobb closed Mark Twain School and Academy, Pre-K – 8, a high-performing school that had just received a $100,000 grant from the Skillman Foundation.

    “Sixty million dollars was put into Mark Twain before he closed it. He’s selling prime locations to charter schools.” Mathis said.

    He believes Bobb was able to take the actions he has in Detroit because it’s “more lucrative here.”

    “No one here is like the legislation in Oakland or the Mayor in D.C.,” Mathis said, speaking of the former cities where Bobb worked and was ousted amid controversy as City Manager, and City Administrator and Deputy Mayor respectively.

    Earlier Tuesday morning, Mathis, along with board member Tyrone Winfrey and Superintendent Teresa Gueyser presented their academic plan to the Detroit City Council in anticipation of gaining the city’s support in the battle of academic control against Robert Bobb.

    The resolution to support the elected Board, proposed by Councilmember Kwame Kenyatta was voted down 5-4, with veteran council members Kenyatta, JoAnn Watson, Ken Cockrel, Jr., and Brenda Jones in favor and newly elected council members Saunteel Jenkins, Andre Spivey, James Tate, Gary Brown, and Council President Charles Pugh voting against it.

    The suit is one of two that the Board currently has against Bobb. The board is also suing Robert Bobb for academic control of the district.

    “We’re going to fight, fight, fight until he’s gone. If the community doesn’t fight no one else will,” said community organizer Sandra Hines.

    Hines told the press, the citizens are being disrespected by cash-cow education coming from the top and questioned Bobb’s disregard for legislation.

    The plaintiffs also voiced their concern of the spiraling deficit of DPS.

    “We’ve gone further into debt since he’s been here,” Annie Carter said. The district has reportedly added $100 million to its debt since Bobb’s appointment by Granholm. The debt Bobb was brought in to end was a result of the first state takeover.

    Critics of Bobb believe he’s done more harm than good spending more money on positive publicity and media coverage of himself than on the best interest of the DPS students; issuing no bid contracts; refusing to make public contracts over $10,000 as required by law; and making academic decisions that are outside of his responsibility as an emergency financial manager.

    “The state owes us money because they put us in this situation,” said plaintiff Veronica Ford, a teacher at Golightly Career Technical Center. “We’re being unfairly singled out.”

    Conn told the Michigan Citizen that the fight doesn’t end with Bobb.

    “We’re marching on Washington the Tuesday after Easter to get rid of Duncan,” Conn said.

    Others to speak at the press conference were Board members Ida Short, Rev. David Murray, Atty. Joyce Schon, and Enid Childers of Duke Ellington School.

    The groups joining Detroit Public Schools in filing the injunction are: The Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), Defend Public Education/Save our Students and several Detroit Public School (DPS) teachers and parents.

    Copyright © 2010

    The Michigan Citizen.
     
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    The population of Detroit is down and the city is broke.
    What do you expect them to do?
    Leave open 1/2 empty schools?
     
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    It wasn't just "White Flight" that has largely contributed to this city's population decline.

    According to the article, it is "projected" that Detroit's population will drop below 900,00 in the 2010 census.

    I would have never imagined Detroit to have less than a million people.
     
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    So true.

    So true.
     
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    it's called mortgaging the future to pay for the present...similar to taking out ur retirement funds to pay for ur current bills....chicago public schools are going through a similar issue right now and all i have to say is that i'm glad i gots my edumacation already cause a lot of inner city kids will suffer for these baby boomers failures.....

    one love
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    True and exact

    We can't rely on these schools to fully educate our kids...we gotta step in as parents, grandparents, and guardians and do something.


    At a time when e reside in a nation, flat broke and on the dole to a vicious loan shark,
    we with 800 billion a year would be at an advantage to see methodically, in a scientific and mathematical way,

    how we can replicate the achievements of the young men's only urban academy over in Chi town, now since the entrance is not based on testing but on a lottery, the litmus test of their success with all students regardless of acumen, has passed with flying colors since 100% are college bound, and as Malcolm said we should establish centers of learning for our youth that would be the envy of he nation in excellence.

    This 3 year con man , we have here in NYC sold the board of education building to his daughter in his first year of office s a Condo building at 110 Livingston St in BK,
    and just recently closed 20, AND NOW WANTS TO CHARGE PARENTS TRANSIT COSTS FOR THEIR CHILDREN TO GO TO , NOW OUT OF THE WAY AND OUT OF DISTRICT SCHOOLS,
    at a time when transit fare is sky high,
    and folks are haveing a hard time to make ends meet
     
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