Monday, March 30, 2015

News conference scheduled by coalition to unveil Detroit schools recommendations

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 11:46 AM

As MT exhaustively reported last month, there's a serious amount of issues with Detroit Public Schools, now under its fourth emergency manager in six years. Investigative Report Curt Guyette examined how the district's debt has only exacerbated under state oversight. 

Meanwhile, a coalition of groups convened to issue a series of recommendations on how to address the flailing district. As Guyette reported:

The coalition is led by five co-chairs: Skillman Foundation President & CEO Tonya Allen; Rev. Wendell Anthony, Fellowship Chapel and president of the Detroit branch of the NAACP; David Hecker, president of AFT Michigan/AFL-CIO; John Rakolta Jr., CEO of Walbridge; and Angela Reyes, executive director of Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation.

They, along with a 31-member steering committee, as well as a larger group of community stakeholders, are on what the foundation described as an "urgent course to make recommendations for large-scale shifts in Detroit's broken education landscape."

Well, it appears the coalition is ready to unveil what it has worked on for months. The Detroit Free Press reports it is expected to hold a press conference at 4 p.m. today at Fellowship Chapel to announce the recommendations. The conference will be live-streamed online, the Freep reports, at

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