You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

Reply #21: Detroit resident here [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU
LuckyTheDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-12-10 05:52 AM
Response to Original message
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.

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC