State of Emergency

There is always hope.  The following is from a Detroit News article put out today:

Declaring an “academic emergency,” Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb today announced the hiring of four private education firms that will immediately help overhaul 17 failing high schools.

The out-state firms have a proven track record of raising student achievement, Bobb said, and they will be held accountable if they don’t improve the test scores and academic culture at the schools. District officials touted the overhaul as the largest of its kind in the nation.

It is amazing how accountability is stressed for private enterprises, but when it comes to state dollars, the voices dull. When dollars can be seen going out-of-house, then the fact of necessary economy in spending becomes a reality.

This is not going to be the end of Detroit Public Schools problems, and the fact that the money to be paid to these private firms is from Federal stimulus funds does not help the chances of the program’s success.  Nonetheless, let us hope that Detroit will see that what it turned to in an emergency, it should have been looking toward all along.

Adam Rule – MCPP Intern


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