One year ago, the Detroit Free Press turned in a fine 5-year check-in on school reform. We learned:
1. What happens when a state takes over a troubled school system (1999 to 2004)?
(Nice new facilities, financial shenanigans stop…and Achievement Gap widens)
2. What should Mayor do?
(Try to abolish school board, consolidate control – a la Boston, NYC, Chicago)
3. What should Governor do?
(Express frustration, punt)
4. What should Superintendent do?
(Blame charter schools)
One year later, what’s cooking besides Jeff Garcia replacing Joey Harrington as Lions QB?
The State is giving control back to Detroit. School board election in November.
– Guest blogger Michael Goldstein