Plan to improve DPS gives Snyder, Duggan more control over Detroit’s education

New legislation aimed at fixing the long-struggling Detroit Public Schools calls for a nine-member school board appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder and Mayor Mike Duggan.

Gov. Rick Snyder
Gov. Rick Snyder

The plan would return some local control of DPS to an elected, seven-member school board on Jan. 1, 2017, according to two state representatives and a Detroit Free Press report. 

State lawmakers are expected to announce the legislation as early as today.

The initial board, tasked with appointing a superintendent and overseeing finances, would consist of five members appointed by Snyder and four by Duggan.

Mayor Duggan
Mayor Duggan

The elected school board would be barred from firing the superintendent, a blow to advocates of restoring democracy to Detroit’s education system.

On Wednesday, Duggan announced that the city will inspect all 97 DPS schools for health violations.

 

 

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.

  • Klann Killa

    In The D, you have roughly +- 350-400 deaths by “lead poisoning.” Of those 350-400 you may have 325-350 actual “lead poisoners”, taking into account double, and triple homicides here, and there.(how bout that desensitization ?) Of those, at a closure rate of 40%, on the high end 140 “poisoners” get the minimum of “life in prison” (20yrs). That time being served in a “state prison.” No Al Taubman, no Martha Stewart, no Bernie Made-off. NO BOND!!! State crime, state time. Yet we have this “Turd” that single handedly gave “thousands, upon thousands” of people “lead poisoning”, and he probably won’t do 15 minutes in lock-up much less cuffs. Lock his @$$ up in Ionia general population with the fathers, uncles, cousins, and brothers of the people’s lives he drastically effected, and I GUARANTEE “we” won’t have to pay for this POS for long. ?

    • bebow

      In Flint, Detroit, and other locations where minorities gather, “lead poisoning” is a product of selection processes that are rooted in discrimination. A Tale of Two _______s (fill in the blank) are stories about selection processes, although the tellers are blind (denial) to the connection. Some wade boldly into the resulting chaos and find self-serving connections to “culture” (rationalization).

      No clean water for you.
      No education for you.
      No police response for you.
      No fire and EMS response for you.
      …but there’s an abundance of all of the above for those who pass the selection processes.

      As noted before, the difference between Flint and Detroit is only a question of scale. State functionaries took the next logical step in the selection process game, and the outcome breached the usual defense mechanisms, which is the factor generating widespread outrage. Denial and rationalization are now off the table.

      The spotlight is blazing on Flint (water) and Detroit (DPS). The defense mechanisms are busted, and there’s nowhere left to hide. A few are beginning to connect the dots. It’s not a good look.

      “The neighborhoods are plagued with violence and destruction. It must be a “cultural issue.” No amount of public resources will change that bad scene. We might was well drain the neighborhoods dry and lavish the whole wad on New Detroit.” Busted.

      • javierjuanmanuel

        You would have a point if they spent 1/5 the money in those places. They spend more than allot of nice burbs. Same with public housing.

        Good examples almost ten years ago nyc was putting homeless up in hotel rooms for $300 per night. Thats 9,000 per month.

        Look up dc or balitmore schools, one of them is spending twice the national average per kid, with no improvement. Why arent their schools better than Birmingham, gp, bloomfield hills ?

        Hmmm? Answer that!

        • bebow

          DPS’s parents and students do not control how the money is spent.

          A lot of it was stolen and wasted.

          Everyone has known for generations that educational genocide was and is happening at DPS.

          The government has a responsibility to ensure delivery of quality goods.

          You would like to let that massive state bureaucracy off the hook on this?

          You don’t know what passes for public service work at the MDE, MDEQ, and MDHHS, but I do.

          The problems start at the non-unionized top. Just saying.

          I’m not a big union fan and favor right-to-work as an instant escape hatch for employees tangling with corrupt unions.

        • bebow

          DPS’s parents and students do not control how the money is spent.

          A lot of it was stolen and wasted.

          Everyone has known for generations that educational genocide was and is happening at DPS.

          The government has a responsibility to ensure delivery of quality goods.

          You would like to let that massive state bureaucracy off the hook on this?

          You don’t know what passes for public service work at the MDE, MDEQ, and MDHHS, but I do.

          The problems start at the non-unionized top. Just saying.

          I’m not a big union fan and favor right-to-work as an instant escape hatch for employees tangling with corrupt unions.

    • javierjuanmanuel

      City workers voted to do it first, no one balked. Your union brothers did the work. Trusted union state workers said the water was fine.

      There was no money, what did you expect synder to personally test the water in his off hours?

      Why is the head of deq not on the news, no one even seems to kniw his name. Thats how you know this is all political.

      Also it is ny understanding flint used this river in the 50-70s or 80s, back when there was less environmental laws, and i never heard anyone suggest anything about it being a hotbed of mental retardation with the exception of it melting micheal moores brain.

      Lastly levels of lead are double. Thats it, double. Not 400 times. Double.

      • bebow

        Management positions within state government aren’t unionized.

        The DEQ director resigned when the scandal broke.

        You might ask the whereabouts of the DHHS director. Our Yalie is very quiet.

        The river was determined to be unfit as a source of drinking water long ago.

        It doesn’t take much lead to cause damage.

  • bebow

    Resources will be diverted to create a separate and unequal school system for New Detroit on the sneak. There will be denials while A Tale of Two School Systems is written, with plenty of references to “cultural issues,” and when the lies are exposed, there will be rationalizations.

    • javierjuanmanuel

      How would that work ? There is school of choice.

      • bebow

        It would work the same way the diversion of other public resources does.

        • javierjuanmanuel

          So a defacto second school system? But its open open schools. You cannot have this defacto system and all the white 100k per year parents send their kids their isolated. Every burb near detroit is flooded with kids from detroit. Obviously being in detroit would make it easier, no paperwork, just show up

          • bebow

            Can you have a police department that only enforces the law for white people living in a small segment of a majority African-American city?

            Can you pull that off for almost a decade?