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Detroit Schools File Suit Against Michigan To Stop Potential Closures

Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, March 20, 2017

"Papers will be served today," Alycia Meriweather, the interim superintendent for the district, said during a meeting Monday morning with parents and community members at Central Collegiate Academy. 

"Just know, we're standing with you against closure by the" School Reform Office, Meriweather said. "If any school closures are to happen, it should be at the behest of the elected school board.


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Immigrant Students Get Protections Under Detroit School Resolution

Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, March 14, 2017

The Detroit Public Schools Community District board of education approved a resolution tonight designed to ensure that immigrant students are safe within the district's schools.

The SafeZone resolution, as it was called, is designed to ensure that the district provides protection, support and assistance to "people of different citizenship statuses," said Misha Stallworth, a board member who offered the resolution.


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Superintendent: State Won't Close Schools This Year

Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, March 7, 2017 

Michigan Superintendent Brian Whiston said today that the state this school year won't force the closure of any of the chronically failing schools that have been identified for being shut down if their districts enter into agreements with the state.

But that doesn't mean all of the schools will remain open.
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State Pushes Back Time Line For School Closures

Lori Higgins , Detroit Free Press

The State of Michigan is putting off making a decision on whether to close as many as 38 chronically failing schools, according to a news release from Gov. Rick Snyder's office this afternoon.

Snyder has asked that all decisions be ready by May, though some could be announced sooner.


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Teachers, Families Protest School Closure Threat

Members of the Detroit Federation of Teachers joined students, parents and teachers of Detroit Public Schools Community District Friday to protest the potential closure of 24 schools.

The rally, outside Osborn College Preparatory Academy, was held in response to a recent decision by the Michigan School Reform Office to close low-performing public schools in Detroit and another elsewhere in the state.

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Detroit Students Need Equal Support For Equal Success


By Guest Blogger at The HUB Detroit
COMMENTARY by Sharlonda Buckman 


More than 2,000 years ago the Greek physician Hippocrates told his medical students, “Listen to the patient – he’s trying to tell you what’s wrong with him!”

The Detroit Parent Network embraces that same philosophy as we fight to obtain the best education possible for our city’s children. We want state officials to “Listen to the parents.


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Detroit’s New School Board Must Support Teachers


The Detroit school board with the power to direct Michigan's largest school system has been seated for the first time in seven years.

The seven Detroit Public Schools Community board members were collectively sworn in by Michigan Court of Appeals and Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Diane Stephens before about 300 people who erupted in applause.
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Michigan Names 38 Schools That Could Close Over Academics

Lori Higgins , Detroit Free Press


The state School Reform Office today released a highly anticipated list of 38 schools targeted for potential closure.

The list — which includes 16 schools in the Detroit Public Schools Community District — was released months after the office warned that schools showing no academic improvement and persistent poor performance from 2014 to 2016 could be shut down by the state.


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The Real Effects of Lead Poisoning

A lead test is the only way to know if your child has lead poisoning.
For a FREE lead screening or information call 313.876.0133.

"Today at least 4 million households have children living in them that are being exposed to high levels of lead. There are approximately half a million U.S.

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