Category: Detroit Public Schools (DPS)

Influencing Student lives B.O.O.K.S. at a time

We first met Lawrence Simmons as the Student Responsibility Coordinator at Thurston High School. Students with excessive tardiness or behavioral problems are sent to his classroom as a first level discipline to begin to correct the issues before going up the chain of command for further actions to be taken. Mr. Simmons’ room is quite…




Core Elements to Higher Education

Marking its inaugural year, Chastity D. Gaither, Executive Director of Core Elements Higher Education Resource Center held its first annual fundraiser at the Burgh Historic Park Annex, Saturday, April 30 in Southfield MI. Nearly 50 people, including parents, family, and friends attended the event to support the students who completed the program. The goal of…




Who’d you rather? DPS or Charter?

Who’d you rather? DPS or Charter? It’s a presidential election year; campaign calls, flyers, yard signs and who can get away from those “and I approve this message” commercials. With politics bombarding our lives at every turn, it’s impossible not to take a look and assess local government and grade them on the job they’ve…




Charter Schools v Detroit Public Schools

Charter Schools v Detroit Public Schools The covers of deplorable building and working conditions, oversized classroom, low pay and even lower teacher moral in Detroit Public Schools (DPS) have been pulled back and exposed to the public eye, through organized ‘sick-out’ by teachers. The general public was oblivious to what’s been going on in the…




Detroit Public Schools through the eyes of a veteran teacher

Most American’s would consider education as a high priority. However, the fiscal crisis Detroit Public Schools is facing and the morale of teachers is at an all-time low. The district’s budget deficit spikes at a projection of $335 million dollars by the end of the 2016 school year and threats of running out of money…




The Conditions of Getting an Education

The Conditions of Getting an Education Without much thought, when a child becomes of school age, parents send them to an institutional facility to begin their public education journey. Without much thought, residents pay taxes that go toward children receiving a “free” public education. Without much thought, a parent’s expectation to the condition of the…