Students abandon Detroit schools

Enrollment in Detroit’s district-run public schools is plummeting as students enroll in charters or leave the city. Detroit Public Schools officials predict the district will have to close 110 schools — leaving 142 open — and cut the budget by a third over the next three to five years Detroit could be down to its last 100,000 district students in 2008, “a little more than half of its enrollment before the state takeover in 1999,” the Free Press reports.

Update: Eduwonk reports on goings-on at the state level. The governor wants to dump the state superintendent, who’s fighting back.

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  1. Detroit is experiencing a remarkable population decline.

  2. Fortunately, the ineffective school superintendant, who replaced an ineffective school superintendant and will in turn be replaced by an ineffective school superintendant, was just fired.

    I predict that the yet-to-be-named school superintendent will announce an exciting program of sweeping reforms which will give teachers the tools they need to be effective, the students the environment they need to learn and uncritical journalists the catch-phrases and press releases they need to pad out their stories.

    The new superintendant will discover soon after assuming his office that a community outreach program is necessary to help the community understand the importance of education. This outreach program will necessitate an increase in central-office staff to manage the lines of communication as well as to assure that the strategic direction of the program is being adhered too.

    Funding for the central-office staff of the program will be acquired by diverting “excess” funds that might otherwise go to buying books, keeping boilers in repair, fixing leaking roofs and exterminating rat infestations in district elementry schools.

    Approximately a year and a half after the installation of the new superintendent, it will come to light that the new assistant superintendant in charge of safe, clean and healthy schools, paid $132,000/year, is the brother-in-law or boyhood friend of the superintendant and has no previous, managerial experience. Almost lost in the story will be mention of a sexual-harrasment suit brought against the assistant superintendant at a previous job.

    Allegations of mismanagement and poor test scores will result in crisis of confidence. The board of education will terminate the current school superintendant paving the way for a new school superintendant who will announce a sweeping program of exciting reforms……

  3. I’m not betting against you, Allen. A good friend of mine worked for the Detroit public schools years ago as a grant writer. She had many stories of bureaucratic incompetence and lethargy.

  4. allen: Man, are you ON the mark! Well said.

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  1. COMPETITION WORKS

    Joanne Jacobs points out that Detroit may have to close nearly one-half its schools becasue so many kids are leaving for charters or just plain leaving the city. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of folks….

  2. COMPETITION WORKS

    Joanne Jacobs points out that Detroit may have to close nearly one-half its schools becasue so many kids are leaving for charters or just plain leaving the city. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of folks….