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LuckyTheDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-12-10 06:10 PM
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52. All situations and communities are different
You can't say Detroit's situation is "just the same" as the situation everywhere else.

In Detroit, there are some schools that were built for more than 1,000 students that have actual student populations of 300 or so. That's wasteful. It makes sense to consolidate.

As for charter schools ...that's not the main reason DPS is losing students. DPS is losing students mainly because Detroit has lost half its population over the past 40 years. Many who are left are elderly, empty-nesters or young people without kids. Detroit has FAR ewer school-age children than it used to have.

You can't assume that all the charter school kids would be in DPS schools if the charter schools were not there. In many -- maybe most -- cases, those families would have left the city by now.

Again, I'd love to have you come to Detroit and check things out for yourself.
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