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LuckyTheDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-12-10 05:52 AM
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21. Detroit resident here
I do not have time to write a long essay dealing with all the complexities. But ... here in the Motor City, Robert Bobb has a lot of support her. Former school boards were unbelievably corrupt. And the Detroit Public Schools were in incredibly bad shape when Bobb was brought in -- due largely to a mind-blowing level of incompetence in the area of financial controls along with bureaucratic inertia.

We are at a stage here where a lot of school need to close because of population loss (the city has less than half the population it had in the late 50s and 60s -- some entire neighborhoods have been taken over by pheasants and, in some places, coyotes), even while other areas are actually thriving (the Wayne State/Midtown area being the prime example).

Charter schools have, indeed, popped up everywhere. But they have had a good effect on retaining middle-class families in the city who might otherwise have left (mine included) in search of decent schools.

Detroit is a complicated place with intense and complicated problems. It's hard to understand what the deal is unless you live here.

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