Lessons from Muskegon Heights

On July 1, a new Detroit school district was created as part of a major new legislative reform package – the old district serving as a tax collecting structure and the new district educating students. However, the model is not a new concept.   Just four years ago, Muskegon Heights Public Schools used a similar…

Knowing Friedom

John Maynard Keynes famously quipped, “Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.” Free-market economist Milton Friedman, however, actually did manage to capture the minds not only of practical men, but of politicians and even other intellectuals. He understood that the world…

The Final Bell: Thoughts on School Day Length

During the discussion on how to improve Detroit Schools, one man said that, although he does not necessarily like the concept of charter schools, they have some good ideas which he would like to instate. However, the policy he was referring was longer school days.            As a future teacher myself, many of my friends have…

Detroit Charter Schools

Detroit Public Schools appear to be taking steps to improve its performance at last, starting with a change in the leadership of failing schools. DPS has reported a 58 percent graduation rate, compared with the state average of 89 percent, and in 2009 the district recorded the lowest scores ever in the 21-year history of…

Give Them Roots and Give Them Wings

Mike Cox, Michigan’s current Attorney General, is running for the Governorship in our State’s 2010 elections. Today, the Detroit News printed a letter of his addressing the mass exodus of college graduates out of Michigan, and hinted at legislation he may be looking to pass if voted into office. While Cox laments Michigan graduates leaving…

Rubber Rooms

Jarrett Skorup mentioned in a recent post that it was difficult to fire tenured teachers.  Some paces are having trouble getting rid of any teachers. About 700 New York City educators are currently sitting in designated “rubber rooms” doing yoga, painting, and playing Scrabble all day.  And, they are getting paid to do so. These…