A Rose for Detroit Blog

Allen: 2015 Year-End Reflection

Reflecting on the achievements we’ve made together over the past 12 months, I’m struck with gratitude for those who have worked tirelessly to lift up Detroit’s children. May our diligence and resolve only grow stronger in the year ahead. ... Read More

David McGhee: Youth Development Program Officer

“What motivates me is that tonight some kids will go to bed hungry. Some for food, some for love, some to learn, some for opportunities. There are children that will go to bed hungry,” says David McGhee, the Skillman Foundation’s youth development program officer. ... Read More

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