What Jackie Wilson Said

I paid a visit to the Oakland Avenue Urban Farm last week. I’m afraid I didn’t have my reporter’s hat on, so don’t count on the blog for accurate or detailed information this week. Truth to tell, I hardly knew where I was. I don’t get into Detroit but once or twice a year, and it …

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The Re-Emergence of Contract Buying: A Practice Rooted in Mid-20th Century Racism

Long after the explicit use of racist terms in laws, policies with important racial impacts can linger in past practices that marginalize minority communities. Beryl Satter’s Family Properties: How the Struggle Over Race and Real Estate Transformed Chicago and Urban America, describes a key historical case of mid-century real estate practices that led to entrenched …

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If Detroiters See It, Will They Pay?

The study outlined here began with a question heard many times while working with the city’s finance department. That question was: If people don’t think they get enough from the city, why should they pay their taxes? That is a difficult one to answer, but first a little background. In Detroit, income taxes suffer low …

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Meet Detroit’s Purse-String Holders

Last week, the Governance and Finance Blog examined the powerful influence that private actors are having on the education reform landscape. This week, we take a closer look at how this phenomenon is playing out in Detroit. Photo Courtesy of Gehad Hadidi For a cash-strapped district with abysmal facilities and rampant teacher sickouts, every dollar counts …

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Strange Bedfellows in Michigan Charters: Unionization and Teach for America-Associated Teachers

Over the past month, numerous charter schools in Detroit have experienced ample turmoil associated with charter management organizations (CMOs). CMO New Urban Learning (NUL) ended its relationship with Detroit’s University YES Academy as a result of recent charter schools teacher unionization efforts. Closely behind University YES Academy are two U Prep Schools who are working …

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