Editorial: New effort leading way for better high schools

The new High School Accelerator Program, funded by several local foundations including The Skillman and Kellogg Foundations , should be " welcomed and supported," the Detroit News wrote in an editorial in Wednesday's editions.

The program aims to create 11 new high schools within five years in the Detroit area. Any type of school can be funded, whether charter, private or public, "as long as it meets the core characteristics of high-performing schools, such as performance-based teacher hiring, " the editorial said.

The editorial also notes that the Accelerator Program should serve notice to the Detroit Federation of Teachers . For new high schools to be funded in the Detroit Public Schools, "the teachers union would need to agree to clear bureaucratic obstacles to innovation and allow leaders to staff their schools with the best-performing teachers, not the ones with the most seniority."

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