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Gaedel Donating Member (802 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-10 08:10 AM
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164. Starry
The problem is that Detroit Public Schools has never "bit the bullet" of declining enrollments. If they had addressed the "numbers game" on an annual basis for the last fifty years, it might not be so painful to do it now. The problem is that the city has treated DPS as a gigantic "jobs" program and the system is awash with administrators, consultants, specialist, and other non-teaching folks. As a result, the physical plant has deteriorated even though they have equitable funding with most of the state. In the 1950s, the Detroit school system was so good, that suburbanites paid tuition to send their kids to Detroit High Schools rather than the rural schools in their districts. Charter schools are not the answer, but the public schools cannot be a gigantic money sink that produces little.
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