dps http://michiganradio.org en Detroit Public Schools release budget proposal for next year http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-public-schools-release-budget-proposal-next-year <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">For the first time in six years the Detroit Public Schools' proposed budget does not call for any schools to be closed.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:47:33 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18094 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Public Schools release budget proposal for next year Detroit Public Schools misses out on $4 million in Head Start funds http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-public-schools-misses-out-4-million-head-start-funds <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When you are a school district where more than 80% of your students live in poverty, every penny that helps those students is critical.</span></p><p>And that's why there has been a collective gasp of disbelief, even anger, with the news that Detroit Public Schools has lost $4 million in Head Start funding.</p><p>The reason DPS lost the money is because they missed the application deadline.</p><p>A school spokesperson blamed a technical problem in uploading the application.</p><p>Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley joined us on our show.</p><p><em>*Listen to our conversation with Rochelle above.</em></p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:35:10 +0000 Stateside Staff 17953 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Public Schools misses out on $4 million in Head Start funds Lawsuit next week to challenge Michigan's emergency manager law http://michiganradio.org/post/lawsuit-next-week-challenge-michigans-emergency-manager-law <p>DETROIT (AP) - Leaders of the Detroit branch of the NAACP say they'll file a lawsuit next week challenging Michigan's emergency manager law.<br><br>The law has allowed Gov. Rick Snyder to put managers in Detroit and other struggling cities and school districts. Critics plan to talk Monday outside the federal courthouse in Detroit.<br><br>Other legal challenges have not been successful. An Ingham County judge in April threw out a lawsuit that claimed lawmakers violated the Open Meetings Act when it approved the bill in December.<br> Sat, 11 May 2013 15:55:00 +0000 The Associated Press 12528 at http://michiganradio.org Lawsuit next week to challenge Michigan's emergency manager law In this morning's headlines: wolf hunt, EAA borrows millions from DPS, unemployment down http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-wolf-hunt-eaa-borrows-millions-dps-unemployment-down <p><strong>Lawmakers try to block referendum to wolf hunt</strong></p><p>"The state Senate has approved legislation that would make a voter referendum on wolf-hunting in Michigan irrelevant – even before the question has been formally approved for the November ballot. The measure would name the wolf and 38 other animals as game species. That’s despite a looming voter challenge to a new state law that allows wolf hunting," Rick Pluta<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-one-step-closer-avoiding-referendum-wolf-hunt"> reports.</a></p><p><strong>Education Achievement Authority in financial trouble, borrows $12 million from DPS</strong></p><p>The state run school district meant to turn around the lowest performing schools has been found to borrow $12 million from Detroit Public Schools.&nbsp; The <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/eaa-best-solution-low-performing-public-schools">Education Achievement Authority</a> took over 15 former Detroit Public Schools this school year.</p><p><strong>Unemployment rate down statewide</strong></p><p>"Michigan says that the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate is down statewide and in all 17 major labor markets. The lowest rate in the March report was for Ann Arbor at 5.1 percent. The highest was for the northeastern Lower Peninsula at 13.1 percent," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 11:26:44 +0000 Emily Fox 12301 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: wolf hunt, EAA borrows millions from DPS, unemployment down Michigan Court of Appeals rules against former school teacher, who was fired after reporting abuse http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-court-appeals-rules-against-former-school-teacher-who-was-fired-after-reporting-abuse <p>The Michigan Court of Appeals has tossed a big jury award in a former Detroit school teacher's whistleblower lawsuit.</p><p>In 2004, Beverly Garvin claims a fourth grade student told her that two boys had forced her to perform oral sex. Garvin says she reported the alleged assault to her superiors and nothing happened. Garvin says when she persisted, including contacting police, she was transferred and eventually fired.&nbsp;</p><p>A jury awarded Garvin $750 thousand in damages.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 20:28:24 +0000 Steve Carmody 11446 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Court of Appeals rules against former school teacher, who was fired after reporting abuse Detroit schools officials tout start-of-year-attendance numbers http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-schools-officials-tout-start-year-attendance-numbers <p>Detroit Public Schools officials are happy with the district’s attendance figures so far this year.</p><p>Emergency Financial Manager Roy Roberts says the district averaged 85% attendance Wednesday, the second day of school for Detroit students.</p><p>Roberts says that’s much better than the past two years. The district didn’t reach a 75% attendance rate until later weeks, jeopardizing state funds.</p><p>“We think this is proof that Detroit Public Schools is making great strides to meet the needs of the students,” Roberts said.</p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 01:04:03 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8985 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit schools officials tout start-of-year-attendance numbers Judge: Schools can go to EAA, but Detroit school board regains academic control http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-schools-can-go-eaa-detroit-school-board-regains-academic-control <p>A Wayne County judge ruled Tuesday that the <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120814/SCHOOLS/208140365/1409/metro/Judge-DPS-board-controls-academics-can-t-take-back-EAA-schools">Education Achievement Authority can launch as scheduled.</a></p><p>That statewide district for the lowest-achieving schools is set to open with 15 former Detroit Public schools next month. The elected Detroit school board had voted to reverse that decision.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 03:02:12 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8677 at http://michiganradio.org Judge: Schools can go to EAA, but Detroit school board regains academic control With school just weeks away, uncertainty lingers over Detroit teachers http://michiganradio.org/post/school-just-weeks-away-uncertainty-lingers-over-detroit-teachers <p>With Detroit Public Schools students set to head back to class in less than a month, serious questions linger regarding the district&rsquo;s teachers.</p><p>The district&rsquo;s emergency manager, Roy Roberts, imposed new contract terms on teachers last month.</p><p>That infuriated teachers and their union leaders, who said the district never even collectively bargained with them.</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:11:02 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8654 at http://michiganradio.org With school just weeks away, uncertainty lingers over Detroit teachers Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager lays out "draconian" budget http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-public-schools-emergency-manager-lays-out-draconian-budget <p>The Detroit Public Schools budget is taking a huge hit next year. But the district&rsquo;s emergency manager says it&rsquo;s part of a painful, but necessary restructuring to get the system back on track.</p><p>Roy Roberts presented what he<a href="http://detroitk12.org/content/2012/06/20/proposed-2012-13-budget-for-dps-is-balanced-maintains-class-sizes-in-early-grades-and-drives-resources-to-academics-while-reducing-expenditures-by-25/"> admits is a &ldquo;draconian&rdquo; budget </a>at a community meeting Wednesday night.</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 01:15:11 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8083 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager lays out "draconian" budget Detroit students suspended over walkout start "Freedom School" http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-students-suspended-over-walkout-start-freedom-school <p>More than 100 students were <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120426/METRO01/204260493/1026/schools/180-Detroit-high-school-students-suspended-after-protesting-closures">suspended from Detroit&rsquo;s Western International High School</a> this week.</p><p>Those students were part of a group that walked out of school to protest district policies, and what they say is a poor-quality education.</p><p>Now, some of the students are setting up what they&rsquo;re calling a &ldquo;freedom school&rdquo; to attend while they&rsquo;re suspended.</p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 23:00:12 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7240 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit students suspended over walkout start "Freedom School" Detroit students will learn math and science--at the racetrack http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-students-will-learn-math-and-science-racetrack <p>About 600 Detroit Public Schools students will visit the <a href="http://www.detroitgp.com/">Detroit Grand Prix</a> in June.</p><p>Before their visit, they&rsquo;ll spend a few weeks learning about racing-related science and math concepts. They&rsquo;ll then get a chance to apply those skills at the real racetrack, during events at the Grand Prix.</p><p>Grand Prix&rsquo;s event chairman Bud Denker says this won&rsquo;t just be a &ldquo;field trip&rdquo; for the students.</p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 00:00:28 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7079 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit students will learn math and science--at the racetrack Last day for open enrollment in Detroit schools http://michiganradio.org/post/last-day-open-enrollment-detroit-schools <p>Monday was the last day for parents of Detroit Public Schools students to pick schools for their children.</p><p>The district has a citywide open enrollment policy this year.</p><p>Parents who want to send their kids to schools outside their neighborhood can rank their preferred schools. The district takes that into consideration when placing kids.</p><p>Sonya Smith, a DPS parent who also works at the Parent Resource Center at Osborn High School, says the district has made the whole process easier for parents this year.</p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 21:29:22 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7060 at http://michiganradio.org Last day for open enrollment in Detroit schools DPS turnaround plan calls for "self-governing" high schools, new accountability standards http://michiganradio.org/post/dps-turnaround-plan-calls-self-governing-high-schools-new-accountability-standards <p><a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/detroit-public-schools">Detroit Public Schools</a> Emergency Manager Roy Roberts laid out his latest plan for how to turn the cash-strapped district around and help students improve.</p><p>Here are the three main components of the turnaround:</p> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 20:53:38 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6929 at http://michiganradio.org DPS turnaround plan calls for "self-governing" high schools, new accountability standards Detroit students launch new talk radio show for teens http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-students-launch-new-talk-radio-show-teens <p>A new talk radio show hits the airwaves tonight. It&#39;s called &quot;Can U Relate?&quot; and it&#39;s produced by and for <a href="http://detroitk12.org/">Detroit Public School</a> students.</p><p>Ania McKoy is a junior at <a href="http://dsa.schools.detroitk12.org/">Detroit School of Arts</a>, and is one of the handful of DPS students working on the new show. She says each episode of &quot;Can U Relate?&quot; will tackle a different topic - like teen pregnancy, bullying, homophobia.</p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 21:37:41 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6238 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit students launch new talk radio show for teens Detroit closes, consolidates more schools in ongoing transformation effort http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-closes-consolidates-more-schools-ongoing-transformation-effort <p>The Detroit Public School system will shrink again next fall, as the district scrambles to revamp itself amidst declining enrollment.</p><p>This is just the latest in several waves of restructuring, as the district must constantly re-adjust to a student population that shrinks every year&mdash;and has fallen about 60% overall since 2000, from more than 167,000 students to about 69,000.</p> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 02:58:17 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6160 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit closes, consolidates more schools in ongoing transformation effort New law guarantees bonds for troubled school districts http://michiganradio.org/post/new-law-guarantees-bonds-troubled-school-districts <p><a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/billanalysis/Senate/pdf/2011-SFA-5194-F.pdf">Governor Snyder has signed legislation</a> he says will let financially-strapped school districts guarantee their bond payments&mdash;using state school aid funds.</p><p>The legislation applies to all school districts with deficit elimination plans or emergency managers. But it was written with the Detroit Public Schools in mind.</p><p>Detroit State Representative Fred Durhal, who sponsored the bill, says the new law should help set bondholders&rsquo; minds at ease.</p> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 04:17:22 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6137 at http://michiganradio.org New law guarantees bonds for troubled school districts Program keeps Detroit students well-fed through the holidays http://michiganradio.org/post/program-keeps-detroit-students-well-fed-through-holidays <p>Some Detroit Public Schools are open part-time over the two-week holiday break.</p><p>The district&rsquo;s Holiday Learning Fest program tries to keep kids engaged in fun academic activities. But it also aims to keep them well-fed.</p><p>On Thursday, volunteers handed out food baskets to parents as they picked up their kids. Gleaners and the United Way donated the fresh food baskets.</p> Thu, 29 Dec 2011 23:38:43 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 5589 at http://michiganradio.org Program keeps Detroit students well-fed through the holidays DPS program aims to keep kids learning over the holidays http://michiganradio.org/post/dps-program-aims-keep-kids-learning-over-holidays <p>The Detroit Public Schools is trying to make sure students stay up-to-date on their academics over the two-week holiday break.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 Dec 2011 22:02:34 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 5571 at http://michiganradio.org DPS program aims to keep kids learning over the holidays Detroit Public Schools cuts deficit http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-public-schools-cuts-deficit <p>Detroit Public Schools&rsquo; emergency manager Roy Roberts says <a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20111121/SCHOOLS/111210360/DPS%E2%80%99-Roberts-says-district-ran-in-the-black-last-year">the district is making headway on its deficit.</a></p><p>The district ended the 2010 fiscal year more than $327 million in the red. Roberts says the district cut that by more than $40 million the following year.</p> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 22:14:02 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 5092 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Public Schools cuts deficit Transparency issues for new state school district http://michiganradio.org/post/transparency-issues-new-state-school-district <p>The new statewide school system for the lowest-performing 5% of Michigan schools faces growing criticism over transparency.</p><p>The Education Achievement Authority will formally start with a few Detroit schools in 2012. That means the district doesn&rsquo;t have any students or any money yet&mdash;except for private donations.</p> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 21:42:36 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4710 at http://michiganradio.org Transparency issues for new state school district