Angered by worst-in-the-nation math scores for fourth- and eighth-graders, a Detroit parents group wants jail time for teachers and administrators, reports the Detroit News.
Sharlonda Buckman, CEO of the Detroit Parent Network, called for jailing and civil lawsuits against anyone in the city’s educational system that is not doing his or her share to help properly educate children.
“Somebody needs to go to jail,” she said in a tearful address to 500 parents gathered Saturday for the organization’s annual breakfast forum. “Somebody needs to pay for this.”
Robert Bobb, emergency manager of Detroit Public Schools, called the results — 69 percent of fourth graders below basic skills, 77 percent of eighth graders — an “abysmal failure.”
“It is not the fault of our kids individually, and it is not the fault of our kids collectively. It is not the kids’ fault. It is the adults’ fault. It is a failure of leadership.”
He never mentioned “parents,” though perhaps they’re among the adults at fault.