Tension Mounting between Community and State Leadership in Response to DPS Protests

Intended to provoke The Detroit Public Schools (DPS) teachers who organized the sick-out protests this month intended to spur a conversation about the deplorable conditions of school buildings, state control of the district, and low teacher salaries. Teachers at 66 out of Detroit’s roughly 100 schools organized absences that shut down schools for several days …

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If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Destabilize ‘Em!

The typical reform agenda goes something like this: demoralize the teachers defund the unions dismantle the schools privatize public education We see evidence of this approach in places like New Orleans with its “Recovery School District,” and Detroit, where Gov. Snyder’s Frankenstein-like “Education Achievement Authority” continues to deprive the students and citizens of local control …

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