A Rose for Detroit Blog

How to begin to stop the decline of Detroit's schools

Announced last week, the bleak news about student performance in Detroit Public Schools has become an all-too-familiar and numbing element of the season, and something that Detroiters dread. For the fourth time in a row, Michigan’s biggest city ranked dead last among urban school districts that took part in the National Assessment of Educational Progress exam.

As if that weren’t discouraging enough, Detroiters were also warned last week by the state treasurer that DPS – which has been managed from Lansing for the past several years – could be insolvent by spring. ... Read More

Momentum building for education change — here's how to take part

The temperature on making real education reform happen in Detroit has been rising since well before the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren formed in December. It’s a major reason why the CFDS formed – because so many disparate people were ready to admit that our competing strategies were not improving education and that working on it together, urgently, was the only way forward. ... Read More

Michelle Obama offers love, advice to college-bound Detroiters at DCAN kickoff

The event brought more than 2,000 seniors from across Detroit to Wayne State to celebrate the fact that next year, each one will be studying at a place of higher learning. Obama headlined a star-studded line-up of guest speakers as part of her Reach Higher campaign, which encourages kids across the nation to explore their college options. ... Read More