Bear one another’s burdens…

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

Stand with Detroit Public Schools

As AOC prepares to be immersed in Trinity Institute 2016: Listen for Change – Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice, happening this weekend, we are holding the Detroit Public Schools in our minds and prayers.

If you aren’t aware of the current conditions and conflicts plaguing the struggling school district here are a few things you should know:

  • DPS has been without a Superintendent for 7 years
  • Currently the district is under emergency management and state control – the emergency manager in control now, Darnell Earley came from Flint, where there is currently a public water crisis.
  • Detroit does not have a school board/committee
  • More than 88 public schools were closed there this week due to conflict over the conditions in the buildings
  • In 2000 the Detroit Public Schools had nearly 150,000 students enrolled – today that number is 45,000 – 55% of public school students in Detroit are now enrolled in charter schools, which draw public funds away from the public schools
  • According to the latest national statistics Detroit has ranked last among large cities in academic performance for four years in a row – Only 27% of fourth graders are considered proficient in reading and just 36% proficient in math.

To learn more about this week’s school closures and the state of education in Detroit here are some great articles:

Crumbling, Destitute Schools Threaten Detroit’s Recovery  – The New York Times

What It’s Like to Teach in Detroit Public Schools Detroit Free Press

Detroit School System Wants Judge to End Sick-Outs CNN

How Bad Are Conditions in Detroit Public Schools? Washington Post

Join us this weekend in the dialogue happening at #TI2016 by tuning in to the live stream or participating at a regional host site and let your voice be heard about the injustices present in our public schools and lives of so many children across the country and right next door.

 

 

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