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Urban Conservatives Must Create a Knowledge-Based Economy Through Educational Entrepreneurship

Thursday, April 29, 2010   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Montoya
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I guess my mantra of education being the #1 issue in Michigan is starting to come into fruition.

Highlights of educational movements going on:

(a) $540 million academic plan Robert Bobb to change the academic face of the Detroit Public Schools.

(b) A coalition of education leaders and foundations will unveil today a sweeping academic reform agenda that targets failing schools, calls for 70 new programs and launches a national effort to recruit principals. This includes a $200 million plan also aims to build community support this year to eliminate the Detroit Board of Education and make the mayor accountable for Detroit Public Schools.

(c) Opening 70 school programs by 2020, 40 of which will be open within five years.

(d) Pushing for 90 percent of students to graduate high school, 90 percent to enroll in college or post-secondary training and 90 percent to succeed without remedial education in college by 2020.

(e) DPS Reading Corps is in full effect.

(f) The advent of University YES Prep in the fall in Detroit and the opening of the ninth grade academy at University Prep Science and Math Academy.

Even at the national level we are seeing the following.

(g) Underperforming school districts that fail to show improvement would have to cede control of critical Title I funds to state-level officials under a reauthorization plan for the "No Child Left Behind” outlined by Department of Education officials today.

(h) A group of 107 graduating seniors from the Urban Academy for Young Men in Englewood, Chicago is celebrating a great success. That success is every young man in the school’s first graduating class has been accepted into a four-year-college.

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