Many Forces Oppose the House DPS Plan, Versus the Few Who Devised It

The tug-of-war over Detroit Public Schools is a classic battle, pitting the outsized influence of money and profit against the larger interests of parents, students, and community leaders. It is partisan vs. non-partisan.

It is wrong vs. right.

“Garbage.” That’s the label given to the House Republicans’ latest DPS restructuring plan by a Detroit Free Press editorialist, who called out the package of bills in no uncertain terms as “bought-and-paid-for” legislation that would doom the city’s children. The House GOP leadership passed its revised plan late Thursday with a bare minimum of Republican support, with Democrats vehemently opposed.

UPDATE: Michigan House Passes Damaging, Partisan DPS Plan... Senate Calls Needed!

Updated Friday, June 3
Last night the Michigan House of Representatives reinforced MEA's call for our members to support the Senate DPS package. The House called back from the Senate their package of bills addressing the problems in DPS schools, and voted on them again last night. While there were a few improvements, such as increased funding and successor language for union members, there is also some policy language that would be truly damaging to students, parents, and educators. The bills allow for anyone to teach in DPS schools--no certification, no college degree, no high school degree, no experience required. 

Rochester PTA Stepping Into Advocacy Role in Protest

Next Monday morning, drivers passing by school buildings in Rochester will see school employees, students, and parents waving signs in support of Detroit Public Schools. Those drivers will probably assume staff members or union organizers planned the event, but they didn’t. 
Parents are planning this protest. 
The Rochester Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Council is organizing a “walk-in” to fight against a destructive DPS restructuring plan rammed through the House by Republicans in the dark of night earlier this month. The parent activism is motivated by concern for Detroit schoolchildren – who deserve better than what they’re getting – and the fear that some Republican lawmakers plan to push similar anti-public education policies statewide.