Marcie Lippsett writes about the bipartisan failure to save Detroit. The public schools of Detroit, like those of Muskegon Heights and Highland Park, have been put under the unilateral rule of an Emergency Manager appointed by the governor. In the latter two districts, the public schools were abolished, and the children were given to a for-profit charter chain. In Detroit, public education is being privatized and snuffed out with all deliberate speed. All of these districts are majority black, which perhaps made it easier to eliminate self-rule. Among those in power, no one cared, and no one heard those who did care.
“Detroit Public Schools like all of Detroit, died in the Riots of 1967. I am 53 years old and have watched (not in silence) this Apocalypse and loss of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Detroit is a complete bipartisan failure of leadership at the local, state and federal level. And while former Governor Engler and current Governor Rick Snyder have willfully moved the devastation along, former Governors Blanchard and Granholm did not have the passion, or courage to make the rebuilding of Detroit and surrounding cities a priority. Detroit is the worst of the largest (dwindling) school districts across the U.S. but it is far from the worst in MI.
“Children in Muskegon Heights, Inkster, Flat Rock,Pontiac, Highland Park, River Rouge, Hamtramck, Lincoln Park, Southfield, Oak Park, Ferndale, Lapeer, Brandon, Avondale and Taylor have little reason to go to school. Then there are the students with IEPs and the students that we turn into the disabled and they really have no reason to attend school.”