Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Donald James
On Krystal A. Crittendon’s campaign webpage, she admits that before 2012 most people outside the legal community did not know her, or know her name as head of the corporation counsel for the City of Detroit from 2009 to 2012. But things quickly changed.
In the spring of 2012, Crittendon’s name began to dominate local and regional news stories when the city’s law department filed a civil action asking the court to determine the legality of a Financial Stability Agreement entered in between the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan. Her bold action and stance were not popular with some top city officials, in particular, Mayor Dave Bing. Yet, in the face of mounting pressure, Crittendon never wavered or backed down, showing what many Detroiters called “ethics and integrity” in local city government.
Crittendon is currently one of 21 candidates (14 on the ballots, 7 cleared for write in) running for the office of mayor of Detroit. The Michigan Chronicle caught up with her recently on the campaign trail. The candidate shared insight into her candidacy and feelings about Detroit’s past, present and future.
MICHIGAN CHRONICLE: Why do you want to be the mayor of Detroit?
KRYSTAL CRITTENDON: Detroit is going to need strong leadership as we move forward. The events over the past year and a half in our city have demonstrated to me that there are not a lot of people in this town who are willing, able or ready to stand up and fight for the people who live here. I know as we go forward there are some marvelous things happening in the city, but unless we have strong leadership, everyone is not going to get the chance to participate. I believe that I can be the difference maker in moving Detroit forward.
MC: When did you decide that you would make a run for the mayor’s office?
KC: Last summer when I was going out to speak and explain to the people of Detroit the charter, the consent agreement and the emergency manager law, which was then under Public Act 4. I was also a member of the election commission. The people that I encountered were encouraging me and asking me to run for mayor. I started to consider it when I saw that there was such a void with respect to other people standing up for the people in the city. There were people who had positions and the ability to speak out, but were not. No one was standing up for Detroiters.
MC: What separates you from the other candidates?
KC: I am the one candidate who knows municipal government inside and out. I know what works and what doesn’t work. The things that do not work, I know why they don’t work and know how to fix them. I am the one candidate where there will be no learning curve on day one in office in January, 2014. People are glad to see me as I campaign throughout the city. They recognize me as the one candidate in this race who will truly and honestly stand up for Detroiters, without compromise.
MC: You are one of several women running for the office of mayor. Has the fact that you are a female candidate factored in on the campaign trail?
KC: People want jobs. They want to have a clean and safe environment for their families. They want the street lights to work. People want someone who is not going to sell them out. They want someone who does not have any political favors to repay. The people want someone who has not been involved in past scandals that have plagued Detroit and Wayne County. Detroiters want someone who is going to bring ethics and integrity back to city hall and the office of mayor. The fact that I am a woman has become incidental.
MC: What’s your take on Detroit’s emergency manager?
KC: One of the biggest problems with emergency managers is that after they leave, they have destroyed the infrastructure of the city. The city’s assets, for the most part, are gone. Therefore, some of the same problems creep back. An EM is not the answer to fix our city’s problems.
MC: Have you met EM Kevyn Orr?
KC: I have not seen or met Mr. Orr. Let me make this clear: I don’t have anything against Mr. Orr as a person. I have a problem with the emergency manager laws because those laws here in the state of Michigan are illegal, undemocratic and unconstitutional. I believe the courts will resolve the issue of this unconstitutional law and that it and Mr. Orr will be gone.
MC: Whoever becomes mayor will have to work on some level of cooperation with the EM.
KC: The biggest problem that I hear coming from some of the other candidates is that they are saying things like they can work with the emergency manager, or work with him to get him out of here quicker. Under the emergency manager law, the EM has all the power. There is no working with someone who has all the power. The EM can make you (the new mayor) disappear with the stroke of a pen. There is no negotiation as our City Council president learned recently. Mr. Orr holds all the cards. That’s the type of dictatorial powers that emergency managers have.
MC: The blight throughout the city is difficult to ignore. While downtown seems to have a master plan for upgrading, the neighborhoods don’t seem to have one with any sustainability. What’s your take on the city’s neighborhoods?
KC: We need a mayor, not just for downtown and Midtown, but for all around town. People should not have to live in neighborhoods where when they open their front doors, they see abandoned homes, many of which have been abandoned for many years. They are eyesores. They are dangerous. They attract crime. They are dangerous for our school kids to have to walk pass every day. The person who owns that abandoned or blighted structure is leaving it that way because he or she knows that the city will not do anything to them to make them bring that house or blighted building up to code.
We have to change the culture. People need to know that if you are going to be a property owner in the city of Detroit, you are going to have to take care of your property. If not, we are going to take you to court and make sure we enforce the code to the fullest extent of the law. A lot of these abandoned structures are bank owned and have been allowed to just sit in our neighborhoods unoccupied for far too long.
We have to force the banks to rehab the structures. If they can’t be rehabbed, the structures need to be demolished…fix them up, bring them up to code or tear them down. The city also needs to stop sending money back to the federal government that we receive to demolish abandoned structures…it’s unconscionable!
MC: For many years, Detroit experienced White flight. Now, there is a pattern of White people moving back into the city, as well as businesses coming back. What’s your take on this trend?
KC: We need an integrated society. I think it’s important to live in a city where people who love Detroit want to live here with others who love Detroit, whether they are Black, White, male, female, old or young. People want to live with people who are committed to making the city better, making it strive and survive. Hopefully, we are getting to a point where race is not as relevant. We have a long way to go, but we are making great strides.
MC: How do you assure the people of Detroit that they will be safe under your administration and that the police will show up when called?
KC: We are at the point now that when people call 911, the people don’t look at their watches to see when the police will show up; they look at their calendars. We just don’t have enough police officers working in the neighborhoods. On any given Sunday at sports arenas downtown, there may be 85 police officers working. If we can have 85 police officers downtown at sports venues, we must make sure that we have enough police officers to respond to 911 calls in the neighborhoods.
One way that we can pay for more police officers is to go after that $800 million owed to the city by the state. We need to have a grant writing department in Detroit to pursue grant money that’s available. We also need to do something to incentivize police officers to move back into the city. because we know that when we have off-duty police officers living in the community and shopping in the community, the communities are safer.
MC: Talk a little about your background in the Motor City.
KC: I was born and raised in Detroit and went to Detroit public schools. I graduated from Cass Tech High School. The first seven years of my life, my family lived on the east side of the city, in the Seven Mile Rd. and Dequindre area. We later moved to Sherwood Forest on the west side. Growing up, I always told people that I wanted to be a lawyer. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in English Literature and earned my law degree from the Detroit College of Law. While I was attending law school, I worked as a caseworker for the State of Michigan’s Department of Social Services.
MC: If you are elected mayor, what’s you first priority?
KC: We have to be able to multitask from day one. The city can’t wait for us to solve one problem before we take on another. On day one we will be sending out letters to everybody who owes the city money so that we can begin to get the finances to do what we need to do to deliver the services that the people are entitled to. The reason the city of Detroit has a financial problem is because it has a collection problem. We just don’t collect the money that is owed to us. That will change if I’m elected.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 17:10
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Dunkin' Donuts offers twice the ice this summer with its famous Iced Coffee and new Iced Coffee K-Cup® packs
This month, guests who dash into Dunkin' Donuts to keep running with Iced Coffee or other favorite food and beverages might walk out with $1,000 in cash and a host of other cool summer surprises. To celebrate both Iced Coffee season and the introduction of the brand's new Original Blend Iced Coffee K-Cup® packs, Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, today launched "Iced Coffee Cash & DDash."
Beginning July 8, at least one Dunkin' Donuts guest somewhere in the United States will be surprised each weekday in July at the front counter with $1K in "ice cold hard cash," a month's supply of Dunkin' Donuts Iced Coffee, a Keurig® K-Cup® Brewing System , and a box of Dunkin' Donuts' new Original Blend Iced Coffee K-Cup® packs.
A total of 25 guests throughout July will be surprised with the Iced Coffee Cash & DDash prize. There is no purchase necessary and the program is open to legal U.S. residents residing in the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, who are eighteen (18) years of age or older.
For additional terms and conditions related to Dunkin' Donuts' Iced Coffee Cash & DDash, please visit: http://www.dunkindonuts.com/content/dunkindonuts/en/promotions/Iced_Coffee_Cash_DDash_Promotion.html.
According to John Costello, President, Global Marketing and Innovation at Dunkin' Brands, Iced Coffee Cash & DDash offers the brand an exciting and innovative way to reward loyal guests and celebrate the brand's famous Iced Coffee. "As the country's coffee leader, it's important to us to recognize our fans all throughout the country who depend on our Iced Coffee and other menu items to keep running all day long, all summer long. As we launch our newest Iced Coffee innovation, Iced Coffee K-Cup® packs, we are looking forward to surprising guests during the hottest days of the year with $1,000 and other cool prizes."
Dunkin' Donuts is the place to keep running all day long with Iced Coffee, both at home and on the go. Guests can customize their Iced Coffee in Dunkin' Donuts restaurants to be just the way they like it, with many different dairy, sweetener and flavor options. Dunkin' Donuts is the market leader in the Iced Coffee category, delivering refreshing Iced Coffee to guests every day, with a consistently smooth, delicious taste. The brand has been at the forefront in developing an innovative process for brewing Iced Coffee, which has set the standard for the industry. The unique process, called double brewing, uses twice the amount of coffee when making the beverage so that it's never watered down, which achieves consistent flavor and freshness that are never compromised at the expense of serving it cold.
For a home ice advantage, this month Dunkin' Donuts introduced Original Blend Iced Coffee K-Cup® packs, a new variety of the brand's popular K-Cup® packs for use with the Keurig® K-Cup® Brewing System. Specially crafted to deliver the great taste of Dunkin' Donuts' delicious and refreshing Original Blend Iced Coffee in a single-serve portion, at the touch of a button. Iced Coffee K-Cup® packs are brewed hot directly over ice, delivering the smooth, delicious taste that's made Dunkin' Donuts America's Favorite Iced Coffee. Dunkin' Donuts' Iced Coffee K-Cup® packs are recommended for use with the 6 oz. or 8 oz. brew setting. The Iced Coffee K-Cup® packs are available through August at participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants nationwide.
Sold exclusively at participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants, Dunkin' K-Cup® packs are offered in a 14-count box in five popular flavors, including Original Blend, Dunkin' Decaf®, French Vanilla, Hazelnut and Dunkin' Dark® Roast. Keurig® single cup brewers for use in-home and in the office utilize patented, innovative brewing and single cup technology to deliver a fresh-brewed, perfect cup of coffee, every time at just the touch of a button.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 15:44
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Amber Bogins
Civil rights law will be the focus of a new clinic for students at Wayne State University Law School, one of the leading public interest law schools in the Midwest.
The Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Clinic, a collaborative venture between Wayne Law and the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, will allow students to litigate civil rights and civil liberties impact cases before state and federal courts.
"We are excited to partner with the ACLU of Michigan to continue Wayne Law's emphasis on training students to be leaders in ensuring access to justice," said Jocelyn Benson, dean of Wayne Law. "This new clinic builds on the stellar civil rights and social justice programming at our Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights."
Michael Steinberg, legal director of the ACLU of Michigan, will teach the clinic as a visiting professor. Steinberg is a 1989 cum laude graduate of Wayne Law.
"I am thrilled to come back to my alma mater and to teach Wayne Law students the critical legal skills they will need to advance civil rights and civil liberties in this country," Steinberg said. "The course will provide an exciting opportunity to work on cutting-edge, high-profile cases that change people's lives."
Students will be exposed to the full range of issues on the ACLU of Michigan docket, including freedom of speech and expression; racial justice; poverty and civil liberties; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights; police misconduct; privacy; women's rights; juvenile justice; reproductive freedom; voting rights; religious freedom; immigrant rights; the right to counsel; and prisoner rights.
Working in pairs, the students will be the primary handlers for a basic ACLU of Michigan case and participate in all significant events and decisions related to it. Each student also will be assigned specific duties in one or more complex cases that address issues of particular interest to the student.
A classroom component includes a semester-long simulation of a civil rights case that gives students the opportunity to develop professional skills, including interviewing, counseling, drafting pleadings and discovery requests, taking depositions, preparing and arguing motions, and negotiating with opposing counsel.
"The Michigan Chapter of the ACLU is one of the best chapters in the country, and the new clinic adds another dimension to the work of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights," said Professor Peter Hammer, director of the Keith Center. "It is part of our ongoing efforts to train the next generation of civil rights leaders and to give students the opportunity to engage in social justice work while still in law school."
Students must apply for a position in the clinic, and those who are accepted will work between 20 and 25 hours per week, including at least 12 hours at the ACLU of Michigan office in Detroit.
"The professional skills that students will develop in this clinic will prepare them for their careers after law school," said David Moss, director of clinical education at Wayne Law. "This is an invaluable opportunity for our students while also benefitting the residents of Michigan. We are grateful for the cooperation of the ACLU of Michigan to bring this clinic to fruition, and I'm looking forward to seeing the results of the hard work that will be done by our students under the direction of Professor Steinberg."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 10:44
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr ordered Monday for City Council not to appoint replacements and to continue to operate with just six members though the rest of the year.
Voters will get a chance in November to elect a new council to take office next year.
"The Detroit City council shall not fill any vacancies that now exist or that may arise on the council," he wrote in the order.
City Clerk Janice Winfrey says the council can operate as long as it has at least five members.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 09:28
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Wayne State University
The Southeast Michigan Purchasing Managers Index dropped sharply in June, to 49.2, after having reached a six-month high of 61.2 in May. The 12 point drop is reportedly due to a decrease in the New Orders Index (from 68.0 to 47.6), Finished Goods Inventory Index (from 44.0 to 33.3) and the Employment Index (from 66.7 to 57.1).
"This is the first time since August 2012 that the Southeast Michigan PMI has fallen below 50. It's likely the drop is only temporary and may simply be reflective of a "leveling out" of the prior months' activity," said Timothy Butler, associate professor of supply chain management at Wayne State's business school. "PMI values above 50 generally indicate an expanding economy, and the three month average remains favorable at 55.2."
Butler also pointed out the Commodity Prices Index increased slightly from 52.0 to 59.5, resulting in a three month average that is essentially unchanged at 53.8. The Production Index reduced slightly, from 50.0 to 47.6. Commodity prices increasing were zinc, plastics, resins, and fuel. The only commodity declining in price was aluminum. More than 90 percent of the respondents anticipate the stability of the economy will remain about the same or improve over the next six months.
Last Updated on Friday, 05 July 2013 10:57
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Amber Bogins
Detroit mayoral write in candidate Mike Duggan has unveiled his first 60-second radio ad that began airing on stations across Metro Detroit starting Thursday, July 4th.
The ad features several DMC employees who witnessed first hand Duggan's turnaround of the troubled medical center. The ad recalls the fear and uncertainty workers were feeling at the time Duggan was hired because the DMC had lost $500 million in the prior five years and was preparing to shut down Detroit Receiving Hospital and Hutzel Hospital. The employees then go on to talk about how quickly Duggan restored confidence by working directly with employees to bring the DMC back from the brink of bankruptcy.
The ad concludes with the employees - all Detroit residents - expressing their happiness that they will be able to vote for Duggan for mayor as a write in candidate.
Last Updated on Friday, 05 July 2013 10:46
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Amber Bogins
Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday will meet with small business owners to discuss the benefits of Healthy Michigan legislation for the state's jobs providers and economy. The legislation would insure nearly half a million more Michigan citizens, giving much-needed health care coverage to employees who don't have any.
The Small Business Roundtable in Lansing is one of a series of events in which Snyder has participated to make the case for the crucial health care legislation. Failure to pass the Healthy Michigan Plan could, by some estimates, cost employers in Michigan as much as $81 million annually in new federal tax penalties.
The legislation, House Bill 4714, has been approved by the Michigan House with bipartisan support. The Michigan Senate adjourned June 20 without taking action on the bill. The Senate has formed a work group on the plan. Snyder has urged Senate leaders to set a date for a vote and to pass the legislation quickly.
"Small businesses are key drivers for Michigan's come-back economy," Snyder said. "The Healthy Michigan legislation would help these businesses by providing coverage for some of their employees. We need fast action from the Michigan Senate to take full advantage of this unique opportunity to improve health coverage, save taxpayers and small businesses money and encourage healthier living,"
The state is projected to save $206 million in the 2014 fiscal year by providing Healthy Michigan plan benefits to those now receiving services paid for with general fund dollars. Healthy Michigan would alleviate most of the $880 million a year in uncompensated costs that are borne by hospitals and passed to individuals and businesses through higher health care premiums. The plan encourages healthy living by providing incentives for participants to make health-conscious choices.
Last week, Snyder signed a petition developed by the group HealthyMichiganNow.com, encouraging the state Senate to act on the legislation.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 11:30
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Amber Bogins
The Michigan Senate Democrats will be pushing for a vote on HB 4714 at Senate session TODAY to expand Medicaid to 470,000 low-income residents in Michigan. The Senate Republican Majority is treating the July 3rd session as a formality and plans to gavel in and out without taking any votes. Michigan Senate Democrats, Congressman John Dingell and Medicaid supporters will be on-hand to urge the Senate to take up this life-saving and time-sensitive legislation.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 10:41
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Roz Edwards
Title: Senior vice president of Global Quality and Global Customer
Profile: Married, two sons
Once upon a time, in better times, there was a popular slogan frequently cited by anyone remotely connected (and in Detroit and the Midwest that was pretty much everybody), “As GM goes, so goes the nation.”
Since then, a financial crisis of phenomenal proportions nearly wrecked the auto industry, leading to U.S. government bailouts and the day the car as king came to a (pardon the pun) crashing halt.
But on Thursday, June 27, in a heavily secured, but triumphant celebration at the General Motors Tech Center in Warren, Michigan JD Powers and Associates officials had an extraordinary announcement to make. One that would make GM employees ecstatic and put industry insiders on notice. In the 2013 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, General Motors was named the best automaker in the world for initial quality and eight of its models placed first in their respective categories.
And there would be one more historic announcement that day. GM president Dan Ackerman appointed Alicia Boler-Davis — the driving force behind General Motors remarkable accomplishments and new found cache — to senior vice president of Global Quality and Global Customer. The appointment makes Boler-Davis only the second African American woman in automotive history to report directly to the office of the president, and expands her customer experience role from a U.S. position to one of oversight for GM operations worldwide. The new title is effective July 1, 2013.
Boler-Davis, previously a plant manager at Orion Assembly and Pontiac Stamping plants in Michigan, hardly looks the part though. As I sat across from her in her relatively sparsely decorated office with Danish furnishings and a very futuristic phone on the conference table, the relatively petite and very ladylike automotive executive made it clear while she is GM’s highest ranking African-American female executive. She is the exemplification the C’s of leadership; commanding, competent and confident. Boler-Davis is only the second African-American woman in automotive history reporting directly to an auto company president.
In 2012, Alicia Boler-Davis made history when GM combined two areas as an industry-first under her leadership.
On the challenges of
being a woman in a man’s world...
GM supports diversity and you can see that with the number of senior leaders that we have on our executive operating committee and the number of women we have on our board. It’s a company that supports diversity and supports it through talk in action. But you still have a number of people who have a more traditional view and view the auto industry as male dominated and have an opinion around what women can and cannot do. They may not just say it, so you won’t get anyone who says ‘you should not be here,’ but you see the initial surprise. There may be some condescending attitudes, but when you are capable you can change their minds. We have women every day who push through (the boundaries) and I am glad to be one of those women.
On the challenges of being a Black woman in a leadership role…
We know there are still people that have attitudes about Blacks and other minorities that are not always positive. So I believe that it adds another level of challenge, the same way I approach being a female in this position, is the same way I approach being a I Black female in this position. I don’t focus on the negative, I focus on me and what I am supposed to do every day and how can I do my job better, and guess that the rest will take care of itself. If there are issues I confront them. If you don’t like me that’s one thing, but you still have to do your job, whether you like me or not.
On the most important attributes for women in a leadership role…
You have to have the skills and the background and the capability. That’s just number one and you have to believe that you can do it. And then you have to get the results. And I have also learned over the years that it is about your team and you have to inspire your team to follow and to lead. It’s not about you. You have to be okay with taking risks. Being capable and able doesn’t mean you have to be the expert in the room.
A typical work day…
I typically start in the office at 6 a.m. I spend time looking at our current product, how are we performing, identifying the issues and analyzing our progress. I have as much interaction with the team as I can. A 12-hour work day is normal. And because I have a global team I quite often go home and have global conference calls.
I also frequently get to talk to customers about their experiences. One of the things I like best about my role is that it goes all the way from design to the product. I am a hands- on type person and I love being in the plant. I want to feel the pace and the heartbeat of the plant.
How she got there…
I have been with the company for 19 years … I worked in a number of roles in the plant and I worked in every department. I was at eight or nine plants over the years. That was a great example of the changes that we were driving at GM and how we are taking an integrated approach. The whole enterprise has to take part in order to be successful. It’s not just Alicia driving (the process). The whole enterprise has to come to the party. I have a reputation for getting results and driving change. I like to work and I like to work hard.
Our goal as a company has been to be a recognized leader when it comes to quality and customer experience, so we have a very robust goal. What has made us get better is our customers’ expectations.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 16:01
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Donald James
Roy S. Roberts, emergency manager for Detroit Public Schools (DPS) and former high-level executive for General Motors, is not one for theatrics. During a recent editorial meeting at the office of the Michigan Chronicle, Roberts calmly discussed DPS’ strategic plans for the upcoming school year and beyond.
“We (DPS’ strategic planning team) firmly believe that we have to make bold moves and make them now,” Roberts said. “We believe that this is the most critical time in the history of Detroit Public Schools because if we don’t do it (make bold moves) and don’t do it right, Detroit Public Schools will go away.”
Roberts talked candidly about a plan to boldly move DPS forward. He revealed that over the past 10 years, the District had lost almost two-thirds of its enrollment. He also talked about the decline in state funding and shrinking annual budgets aimed at educating DPS children.
Yet, amid the painting of a gloomy picture that has negatively portrayed the school district for decades, Roberts is encouraged by how far DPS has come in the two years, and one month that he has served as the District’s EM, and he is heartened by where the District is going.
Roberts unveiled a strategic transformation plan for the upcoming school year and beyond, which was created after surveying and soliciting input from more than 600 educational stakeholders. Those surveyed included students, teachers, principals, administrators, staff members, parents, ministers, civic and community leaders and others.
The five-week planning process culminated to reflect the need to broaden services that address student needs, support parents and families, offer broad and high-quality programs, improve customer service, provide quality programs in safe learning environments, transform central and school-based services to better serve customers, improve technology, minimize the impact of change, foster school-based leadership, celebrate and promote success, ensure fiscal stability, and implement a revised student attendance and code of conduct policy.
The completed strategic plan, titled “Neighborhood-Centered, Quality Schools,” has 36 objectives, embedded in 12 major goals. The plan’s central themes are “starting earlier and working longer, working harder and working smarter, joining together and expecting more.”
From the strategic plan, numerous deliverables are scheduled for DPS’ Sept. 3 opening, which will include the formation of 10 community schools to open in DPS buildings; the creation of 42 new Pre-K classrooms; the implementation of new art and music enrichment programs at all elementary and middle schools in partnership with city-area agencies; the re-investment in DPS career and technical centers; the expansion of “Eyes and Ears Citizen Patrols” to cover high priority zones; and the implementation of an individualized school marketing plan to attract 5,000 new students which will involve school principals and teachers marketing their respective schools.
On the innovative marketing approach, Roberts said. “Every school knows the educational best path for its students. Therefore, DPS will provide training at the school level so that principals and their staffs are better equipped to market their schools’ strengths and advantages.”
Roberts said the District’s aggressive summer-long marketing campaign is being implemented to recruit the 5,000 new students. If it is successful, the increase in the District’s enrollment will rise to approximately 51,160 students for the 2013-14 school year, an increase of 2.68% over the last year, which is a step in right direction.
Roberts talked about DPS investing in pre-school programs and other school-based resources that will prepare children for learning and the parents in better parenting skills.
“There’s a great need to educate every four-year-old in the city,” Roberts exclaimed. “All research conducted say that you have to take them (four-year-olds) because they can learn much faster. If our kids are further behind, why not take them on much earlier? So we are going to make education available to every four-year-old child in the city of Detroit.”
Part two of the Roberts interview will be published in next week’s edition.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 09:26
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