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ERIC Number: EJ1047490
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1539-9664
Fixing Detroit's Broken School System
Lake, Robin; Jochim, Ashley; DeArmond, Michael
Education Next, v15 n1 p20-27 Win 2015
In January 2014, as part of a multicity study, researchers from the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) met with a dozen parents in Detroit to learn about their experiences with education in the city. Parents struggle to navigate the city's complex education marketplace. A lack of information, confusing paperwork, and transportation gaps all make it hard to find a school that will work. The city's Eastside and Westside neighborhoods have just 10 high-quality K-8 programs between them; some neighborhoods have no schools with a passing grade. Advocates and civic leaders in Detroit who are trying to develop creative solutions for renewing Detroit's schools suggest the following five strategies: (1) Develop a strong core of high-quality schools in the charter sector by working with the best charter authorizers to develop quality benchmarks and to close low-performing charters in a targeted set of neighborhoods; (2) Leverage change from the bottom up by helping parents and communities to push authorizers and the district to increase performance accountability; (3) Double down on recruiting talented school leaders and teachers to Detroit; (4) Engage Detroit city leaders, like the mayor and local developers, in addressing safety, transit, and social-service support to help families and schools develop a strong choice infrastructure; and (5) Recognize that Detroit Public Schools (DPS) are at risk for financial collapse and develop a plan to replace DPS with a community "portfolio manager" board and superintendent who will see their role as overseeing a citywide system of high-quality schools rather than operating schools directly.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan
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