catherine ferguson academy http://michiganradio.org en Catherine Ferguson Academy to open as independent charter http://michiganradio.org/post/catherine-ferguson-academy-open-independent-charter <p>Catherine Ferguson Academy, a Detroit school for pregnant teens and their children, will open under a new charter this fall.<br><br>CFA was run by Detroit Public Schools until 2011. Blanche Kelso Bruce Academy and Wayne RESA&nbsp; took over the school when it was at risk of being shut down. Blanche Kelso operates mostly strict-discipline schools for students who have been expelled.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 19:28:35 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13850 at http://michiganradio.org Catherine Ferguson Academy to open as independent charter "We have to teach ourselves:" students at Detroit's Catherine Ferguson Academy file federal lawsuit http://michiganradio.org/post/we-have-teach-ourselves-students-detroits-catherine-ferguson-academy-file-federal-lawsuit <p>Some students and staff at Detroit’s Catherine Ferguson Academy say their education is so lackluster, it&nbsp;violates their civil rights.</p><p>The Detroit Public Schools handed the school for pregnant and parenting girls over to a charter operator in 2011, after students and teachers <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110617/NEWS01/106170456/Protesters-cheer-final-hour-reprieve-Catherine-Ferguson-Academy-pregnant-parenting-teens">fought to keep it from closing</a>.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 19:39:37 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12878 at http://michiganradio.org "We have to teach ourselves:" students at Detroit's Catherine Ferguson Academy file federal lawsuit Detroit school for teen moms celebrates graduates 1 year after facing closure (Video) http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-school-teen-moms-celebrates-graduates-1-year-after-facing-closure-video <p>A year after students <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/prosecutors-drop-charges-against-catherine-ferguson-academy-protesters">rallied and, in some cases, got arrested to save their school</a> from closure, the Catherine Ferguson Academy for pregnant and parenting teens recently celebrated the graduation of its senior class, capped off with some national media attention.</p><p>Rachel Maddow featured the graduates in her <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/ns/msnbc_tv-rachel_maddow_show/#47883671">&quot;Best New Thing in the World Today&quot;</a> segment (see below).</p><p><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=10,0,0,0" height="245" id="msnbc4f8ebe" width="420"><param name="movie" value="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640" /><param name="FlashVars" value="launch=47883671&amp;width=420&amp;height=245" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" flashvars="launch=47883671&amp;width=420&amp;height=245" height="245" name="msnbc4f8ebe" pluginspage="http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" src="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="420" wmode="transparent"></embed></object></p><p>As <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/school-teen-moms-saved-closure">Michigan Radio&#39;s Sarah Hulett reported last June,</a> the Catherine Ferguson Academy was one of several Detroit public schools slated to close due to budgetary concerns, but it was saved at the eleventh hour when education officials agreed to turn it over to a charter organization.</p><p><em>-John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 16:59:46 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7955 at http://michiganradio.org Prosecutors drop charges against Catherine Ferguson Academy protesters http://michiganradio.org/post/prosecutors-drop-charges-against-catherine-ferguson-academy-protesters <p><a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110812/NEWS01/110812027/State-drops-charges-against-10-who-protested-save-Catherine-Ferguson-Academy?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p">Prosecutors have dropped charges against 10 people </a>who were arrested for civil disobedience at a Detroit school in April.</p><p>Students and a teacher at the Catherine Ferguson Academy for pregnant and parenting teens were arrested during a sit-on to protest the school closing.</p><p>The Detroit Public Schools later announced that a charter operator would take over the school.</p> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 22:17:17 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 3741 at http://michiganradio.org Prosecutors drop charges against Catherine Ferguson Academy protesters In this morning's news... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-128 <p><strong>Fallout from accusations in Detroit</strong></p><p>After a former staffer filed a whistleblower lawsuit accusing Mayor Dave Bing of seeking to dissolve Detroit city council and the Detroit public school board by becoming the emergency manager of both, Mayor Dave Bing&#39;s office has been working to control the damage.</p><p>He has <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2011/06/mayor_bing_denies_seeking_fina.html">denied the allegations</a>.</p><p>The <a href="http://detroitnews.com/article/20110617/METRO01/106170369/Bing-moves-to-shore-up-team">Detroit News</a> reports Bing might make changes to his staff:</p><blockquote><p>Mayor Dave Bing is moving to fortify his staff and is in serious talks to bring a former lieutenant, a longtime government veteran and ex-television anchor to an administration suddenly rocked by scandal.</p><p>Bing is in discussions with former group executive Kirk Lewis to return to a top position, former Coleman A. Young chief of staff Charlie Williams to serve as a high-level executive and former WDIV-TV (Channel 4) anchor Emery King to provide communications consulting, three sources said.</p></blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">The Mayor&#39;s communications chief, Karen Dumas, has told the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110617/NEWS01/106170471/Mayor-s-communications-chief-ll-resign-Dave-Bing-asks?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit Free Press</a> that she&#39;ll resign from her post is she&#39;s asked to. Dumas was accused in the lawsuit, filed by Rocelle Collins and her husband, of creating a hostile work environment and causing Collins emotional distress.</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">&nbsp;</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">Dumas was quoted in the Detroit Free Press:</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">&nbsp;</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;"><blockquote><p>&quot;I understand that I am an at-will employee,&quot; Dumas, 48, told the Free Press on Thursday. &quot;If it is determined now or in the immediate future, or whenever, that my presence isn&#39;t needed, then I will gracefully go.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The Detroit News reports that Collins says the city of Detroit was involved in writing the controversial emergency manager legislation. The author of the legislation, Representative Al Pscholka (R-Stevensville) says he did not have any conversations with Bing or other city officials while writing the bill.</p><p><strong>University of Michigan regents adopt budget cuts and tuition increases</strong></p><p>The University of Michigan&#39;s board of regents voted to increase in-state tuition by 6.7% and out-of-state tuition by 4.9%. U of M, like many schools across the state, is working to deal with a sharp cut in their budgets from the state. In addition to tuition hikes, U of M will cut its budget.</p><p>From the <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20110616/SCHOOLS/106160494/1361/">Detroit News</a></p><blockquote><p>The $1.59 billion fiscal year budget was approved by a 6-2 vote. Denise Ilitch also was named chairwoman of the board, replacing Julia Darrow.</p><p>The university will absorb a $47.5 million cut in state funding, the largest in its 194-year history.</p><p>&quot;A $47.5 million reduction is a big blow,&quot; Provost Phil Hanlon said. &quot;It requires a lot of tough choices across campus.&quot;</p><p>To manage the drop in state aid, all university schools, colleges and administrative units will undergo a 1.5 percent budget cut.</p><p>In addition, low-enrollment classes will be eliminated, and some university centers and institutes will be closed or downsized.</p><p>Employees will be asked to pay more toward their health care, and operational staff will be reduced through layoffs.</p></blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;"><br /><strong>A school for pregnant teens and teen moms stays open</strong></div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">&nbsp;</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">After weeks of outcry at the planned closing of the Catherine Ferguson Academy in Detroit, students, staff, and supporters celebrated as they learned their school would not close.</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">&nbsp;</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;"><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/school-teen-moms-saved-closure">Michigan Radio&#39;s Sarah Hulett</a> reported on the announcement:</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">&nbsp;</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;"><blockquote><p>Preparations were under way at Catherine Ferguson Academy in the morning for a big rally to protest the school&rsquo;s closure. Students were milling around in the hallways. Some were making signs. Across town, protestors were getting on a bus to join the demonstration.</p><p>But on the 14thfloor of the Fisher building, something else was happening.</p><p>&quot;Good morning, everyone,&quot; Roy Roberts told reporters at a news conference he called. &quot;I want to change your storyline.&quot;</p><p>Roberts announced that Catherine Ferguson Academy &ndash; along with two other schools &ndash; would be taken over by a charter operator, instead of closing.</p><p>Back at the school, staff and alumni and students celebrated with hugs and screams. Fri, 17 Jun 2011 11:51:00 +0000 Mark Brush 2930 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news... School for teen moms saved from closure http://michiganradio.org/post/school-teen-moms-saved-closure <p>School is out for the summer in Detroit. And for several schools in the cash-strapped district, classes are done forever.</p><p>Until today, that was the story at Catherine Ferguson Academy &ndash; an award-winning school for pregnant teens and young moms.</p><p><strong>Changing the storyline</strong></p><p>Preparations were under way at Catherine Ferguson Academy in the morning for a big rally to protest the school&rsquo;s closure. Students were milling around in the hallways. Some were making signs. Across town, protestors were getting on a bus to join the demonstration.</p> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 21:32:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 2925 at http://michiganradio.org School for teen moms saved from closure