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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.

Rochester Parents Tap Into Community Frustrations Over DPS Legislation

In just one week, parents in Rochester succeeded in organizing and advertising a demonstration that drew 650 participants to march and wave signs at the school district’s 20 buildings on Monday – all in support of students in Detroit.
 

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.

School Officials Around the State Must Weigh Balanced Calendar, Pre-Labor Day School Starts, and Public Opinion

As more school districts adopt pre-Labor Day start dates, and others consider shifting to some form of a so-called “balanced calendar,” public opinion often remains divided. 
 
While it’s not scientific, the Michigan Department of Education recently posted a one-question “Quick Poll” to gather opinions on the issue, asking: “Do you support the current post-Labor Day start of the school year?” Respondents so far have been divided, with 54 percent answering “YES” and 46 percent “NO.”
 
Several Lansing-area schools are considering a switch to a balanced calendar, in which students have a shorter summer break in favor of longer fall and spring vacations. However, public opinion is mixed. 

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