CAROL’S SUMMARY: The Detroit Public Schools are plagued with funding trouble, a high poverty rate, and some of the poorest scores in the state. And it is estimated that two-thirds to three-fourths of ninth-graders drop out before graduation.
Questions to consider:
1. What can be done to help the Detroit Public Schools?
Education secretary says district must be improved
Jennifer Mrozowski and Mike Wilkinson / The Detroit News,
Posted February 14, 2009 at www.detnews.com
The new U.S. Secretary of Education on Friday said the federal government has a moral obligation to reform Detroit’s failing city schools, which he said will be a “huge focus” of his tenure.
“Without getting into too many details, I am extraordinarily concerned about the poor quality of education, quite frankly, the children of Detroit are receiving,” Secretary Arne Duncan told reporters during comments on the federal stimulus package. “I lose sleep over that one. And I think the dropout rate there is devastating.”
Detroit must work to improve the education system, he said. In the meantime, the federal government is keeping an eye on the district, where as many as two-thirds of the students may be dropping out.
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