Mayor Duggan pledges to inspect all 97 DPS school buildings for health violations

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By Steve Neavling
Motor City Muckraker

When Mayor Mike Duggan toured Detroit public schools on Tuesday, he described the conditions, which included a dead mouse, as “heartbreaking.”

Now Duggan is ordering the city to inspect all 97 DPS school buildings, which are technically the responsibility of the state.

But under state intervention, schools have rapidly deteriorated, and school officials have been slow to correct health violations that include mold, structural issues, fire and electrical hazards and a lack of heat.

Duggan said the Building, Safety, Engineering and Environmental Department (BSEED) and Detroit Health Department will immediately begin the inspections.

“This effort isn’t about blaming anybody,” Duggan said. “It’s about making sure that every child and every teacher in Detroit goes to school in a safe and healthy environment. We’ve been assured by Emergency Manager (Darnell) Earley that DPS will respond promptly to correct any deficiencies found in these inspections and we look forward to working with the district to resolve these problems.”

By the end of the month, Duggan expects inspections to be complete in the 20 most problematic school buildings.

The inspection of all 97 schools is scheduled to be complete by the end of April.

The city also plans to inspect charter schools, Duggan said today.

Duggan is asking teachers, parents and students to report health and safety problems on the city’s website. 

Duggan pledged to “take appropriate action” to correct the violations and other problems.

The Health Department will be tasked with assuring “both compliance and a healthy environment for students and teachers,” Duggan said.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • Ryan Herberholz

    What is an “assurance” from Darnell Earley worth after he “assured” the residents of Flint that it was safe to draw municipal water from the Flint River.

  • Gregg Wilczynski

    Duggan is going to do ….what? Where has his head been? He started his campaign on the issue of the schools. What? Did something miraculous happen in Detroit from one week prior to his declaration as a mayoral candidate and last Monday?
    Let’s assume the public has amnesia. But the media?? All they have to do is check his archives and see he was 100% aware of the awful conditions of the schools… Because he said as much.
    Teachers should have refused to return to their schools twenty years ago until their demands for a building inspection was complete and all of the issues resolved.
    FOLKS: It isn’t G P North or Birmingham Groves nice south of Eight Mile Road at those schools.
    Mushrooms growing on walls, rats, mice, mid winter temperatures until noon, buckling floors, no toilet paper, no books are not conducive to a proper learning environment.
    Duggan!!! Send him and that criminal Snyder to the Auto Show to be greeters. They do that well!!!
    Duggan: you are a two bit phoney who retired from the fight. I’ll bet your life that your former boss Ed McNamara would be very ashamed of you if he were alive.

  • marshall

    How many of our state gov fools will we be able to vote out in November?