Accountability movement takes roots in Detroit

 Detroit News editorial writer Amber Arellano reports on the challenges facing city and state leaders and the hope that city stakeholders and residents are offering in the fight to save Detroit's schools.

 The first story in a two-part series paints the scene at Detroit's Southeastern High School at a recent ExcellentSchoolsDetroit community meeting.

 "Those two Americas will be collliding tonight in Southeastern High School's cafeteria as dozens of parents, students and teachers try to map out a new vision for education in the city - and often challenge one another in the process," writes Arellano.

 The editorial points out that for the first time in decades, "Detroit has the expertise and leaders empowered to make dramatic changes." But that change is dependent on a few unknowns, such as whether Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb is given authority over academics and whether the state will give Detroit Mayor Dave Bing authority over the district.

 Still, Arellano writes, "the accountability movement that is flourishing in other cities finally appears to be taking root in Detroit."

 Skillman Foundation President & CEO Carol Goss says that accountability is what parents want. "The problem is, often, they don't know who or how to hold educators accountable."

In the second story, which focuses on the lack of success for Detroit Charter Schools, Goss points out that "for the first time, there's the right leadership, the alignment and the will. I think the community really wants change."

To read the second story in the two-part series, please click  here .