The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Some DPS Parents Refuse Bobb’s Verdict

Jun 14, 2010

When the announcement was made that 32 Detroit schools would close next year, much was made of the fact that 18 schools that were previously on the list would now be spared.

Of course, that’s great news. (And how useful to distract from the 32 schools that WILL close!) Most often, schools were spared because parents and teachers organized themselves and publicized their situation. A couple schools went out into neighborhoods and recruited families back to the public schools out of nearby charters. Others, like Carstens Elementary and Southwestern High School, publicized their roles as lynchpins of their local communities. The Detroit Day School for the Deaf and the Catherine Ferguson Academy for Young Women demonstrated that they provide services no other school for miles around provides.

The public reacted with shock that these schools, successful by any objective standards, would be slated for closing. Bobb’s hand was forced, unless he wanted to reveal himself as a callous slimebag.

But for good measure, he added four others to the closure list that weren’t included before.

But these parents, teachers and administrators have shown that no decision is permanent – if enough noise is made.