Detroit City Council Rejects Plan to Place Schools Under Mayoral Control

[I live in a city that has borne the effects 0f mayoral control of city schools for 15 years.  Chicago, under the omniscient leadership of Richard (Daley) II, launched the school reform program emphasizing school closings and privatization, emerging on the national scene with the promotion of Chicago school CEO to national Secretary of Education.  It is no accident that out of such a maelstrom has emerged a broad based movement to combat the school closings and turnarounds, expressed organizationally as the coalition Grassroots Education Movement of community organizations and including the Caucus Of Rank-and-file Educators in the Chicago Teachers Union.  Nationally eyes have been focused on the Chicago plan as well as  the resistance movement in Chicago.  Teachers and their communities across the country have been talking with each other.  What some have seen in Chicago does not look so inviting.  Milwaukee refused to accept mayoral takeover of the schools.  Los Angeles, despite vigorous campaigning by Mayor   Villaraigosa, also rejected that direction.  Earlier this week, Detroit also rejected mayoral control despite  considerable lobbying by Governor Granholm.  The City Council rejected placing a measure before the electorate in the November ballot that would have ceded control of the currently elected school board to the mayor.  As opponents of the measure said, this was not about giving the voters their right to choose;  it was about giving the voters the right to never have to choose again.  — Lew Rosenbaum]

Here are two links to stories in  Detroit newspapers on this issue:

Council rejects referendum on mayoral control of DPS

Voters denied say on DPS

Sides agree on need for change — but not method

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One Response to “Detroit City Council Rejects Plan to Place Schools Under Mayoral Control”

  1. Theresa D. Daniels Says:

    Looks like this corporate/profit-making juggernaut destroying public education and the neighborhood schools which take and teach all children might soon be stopped in its tracks by people rising up against the current model of mayoral control and then some real work may be done to improve the long-neglected and impoverished schools. Terry Daniels


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