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LuckyTheDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-18-10 02:31 PM
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201. Ummm...
It's not members of the "ruling class" that are putting their kids on waiting lists to get into the better charter schools. It's Detroit parents who are doing that. And, again, there are good reasons for that.

"Many, many parents" also want to keep and improve the public school system? Of course. And that is EXACTLY WHY nobody is talking about shutting down the DPS and why gargantuan efforts are being made to save and improve it. It is totally dishonest to suggest that Detroit is in the process of closing down the DPS. In fact, if the DPS gets its act together, I expect a lot of families in the city to return to it.

A lot of school buildings will be closed, but that's mostly the result of population loss. I don't know about you, but I'd rather see my tax dollars go toward paying for teachers, rather than on heat and electricity for school buildings that are half empty.

Of course folks will be upset about some of the closings. I was pretty disappointed when the elementary school closest to my house was closed -- and when the high school in my neighborhood was closed. But, when the student population drops the way it has, then it makes sense to consolidate. The school system is deeply in the red. What would YOU have DPS do?

You don't seem to have any solutions. Yet, you would like to see Detroit parents subject their children to a failing, corrupt school system that doesn't offer a decent education -- all to satisfy your sense of moral superiority. That is, I hate to say, an elitist position.

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