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bijou
12-15-2009, 03:28 PM
Impassioned parents demanded jail time for educators and district officials Saturday following the release of test scores that showed fourth- and eighth-graders had the worst math scores in the nation.
City students took the National Assessment of Educational Progress test this year, and 69 percent of fourth-graders scored below the basic level in math and 77 percent of eighth-graders scored below basic.
The Detroit scores on the progress test were the lowest in its 40-year history. The sample of students included 900 of Detroit's 6,000 fourth-graders and 1,000 of the district's 6,000 eighth-graders.



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. Somebody needs to go to jail, and it shouldn't be the kids." ...links (http://www.detnews.com/article/20091212/SCHOOLS/912120373/Detroit-parents-want-DPS-teachers--officials-jailed-over-low-test-scores)

noonwitch
12-15-2009, 03:58 PM
The parents are part of the problem with the DPS. I'm not saying the teachers and administrators don't bear some responsibility, but parents who don't attend conferences, don't monitor their children's homework, and otherwise don't get involved in their children's education have little room to blame others.


This is not a sudden thing, either. The scores now may be the lowest ever, but the schools have been in full decline for the entire 22 years I've been working here with kids.

In the late 80s/early90s, the DPS had a string of corrupt superintendents, hired by a series of corrupt school boards. This was when the school board was taking "official" trips to Vegas, and using their board-issued credit cards to gamble and buy new clothes. In the late 90s, Gov. Engler took over the district and then it went back to city control in the early part of this decade. Gov. Granholm put Robert Bobb in charge last school year, and he has only been able to do so much so far. He cleaned up the payroll system last spring-he had to require all teachers/personnel to show up with ID to get their checks/or to get the direct deposit access. He was able to purge a whole lot of people who had been receiving checks, but were no longer working for DPS. This is just one example of how extreme some of the problems in the district are, and how difficult it is for anyone to figure out how to start to clean it up. Unfortunately, Robert Bobb is not the superintendent, he is the "Governor-appointed CEO", which means his main job is to make sure the state's funding is being used properly.

But all this corruption from school board members-they are elected officials. Who elected them? The parents. You get what you vote for.

PoliCon
12-15-2009, 10:59 PM
The parents are part of the problem with the DPS. I'm not saying the teachers and administrators don't bear some responsibility, but parents who don't attend conferences, don't monitor their children's homework, and otherwise don't get involved in their children's education have little room to blame others.

AND they refuse to allow their students to be disciplined.

CorwinK
12-16-2009, 12:10 AM
AND they refuse to allow their students to be disciplined.

god forbid we suspend little johnny for choosing his fists as a way to expess himself...but we will suspend little timmy for drawing jesus

noonwitch
12-16-2009, 09:04 AM
god forbid we suspend little johnny for choosing his fists as a way to expess himself...but we will suspend little timmy for drawing jesus


DPS does suspend kids for fighting. I'm a foster care worker, and foster kids get blamed for any fight they get in, even when they are the ones being bullied. The school always knows who the foster kids are because the foster parent has special authorization to enroll the kid, to sign for routine medical care, etc.

PoliCon
12-16-2009, 07:01 PM
god forbid we suspend little johnny for choosing his fists as a way to expess himself...but we will suspend little timmy for drawing jesus

I was thinking more along the lines of bringing back corporal punishment, ditching the touchy feeling BS classroom management styles, and instilling good old fashioned discipline for the first day they wall through the door.