Wayne County Education Enhancement Millage

About the Wayne County Education Enhancement Millage

Detroit residents will see a question on the ballot this November asking whether voters want to increase funding for Wayne County school districts through a “regional enhancement millage.” The proposal would go on the November, 2016 presidential ballot.

What would it cost a Detroit homeowner?

The cost to the average Detroit homeowner will be less than $4 a month.

How much money would the Education Enhancement Millage raise for our schools?

Every district in Wayne County, including Detroit Public Schools Community District, would receive about $385 per student in additional resources.

What would the Wayne County Education Enhancement Millage Mean for Detroit Public Schools Community District?

  • Approximately $18 million this school year in additional resources for Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Local control of all funds so that our schools can make decisions about our future
  • Independent annual audits of the use of millage resources to confirm that money is being spent properly

What would this proposal do for our schools?

  • Create a two-mill, six-year, countywide millage that would generate a dedicated source of funding for all school districts in Wayne County
  • Allow each district to determine how to best spend the money in their schools, including:
    • Hire qualified teachers
    • Repair and upgrade buildings
    • Provide a safe, secure learning environment
  • Allow our schools to attract and place the best teachers in front of every classroom
  • Provide an exceptional and well-rounded educational experience for every student
  • Ensure a safe, secure and conducive learning environment

Why is this proposal on the ballot?

A recent study has concluded that districts across Wayne County have been significantly underfunded by the state. Despite efforts to reduce costs, most districts continue to feel challenged in their ability to provide core educational programs that prepare students for success after graduation.

This proposal is an opportunity for Wayne County to make a renewed investment in the future of our schools.

How would the money be distributed?

Funds would be distributed on an equal, per student basis to each individual school district in Wayne County. The revenues generated by this proposal would be subject to annual, independent financial audits to provide transparency for taxpayers.

Where can I find more information?

For more information, go to: www.resa.net/millage

Detroit Lions Brandon Copeland served as Mark Twain Principal for the day

mark-twain-steam-dayMark Twain hosted STEM and Literacy event on October 25, 2016. The event was organized by Athletes for Charity, a not for profit organization in collaboration with Detroit Lions, Tata Technologies, Marathon Petroleum, Wayne State School of Medicine, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and Andrew Humphrey of WDIV-TV Local 4. Detroit Lions Brandon Copeland served as Mark Twain Principal for the day! Also, Detroit Lions Kerry Hyder, Don Carey, and Brandon Copeland spoke with Mark Twain students, read books and shared their inspirational thoughts and experiences with them!

Mark Twain students also engaged in hands on STEM activities in the STEM Zone provided by Tata Technologies, Marathon Petroleum, Wayne Sate School of Medicine, Charles H. Wright Museum and Detroit Lions volunteers!

Dedication of the Debbie Stabenow Urban Agricultural Center

dsosnU.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, visited Detroit Public Schools Community District’s (DPSCD) Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men in Detroit on Tuesday, October 25, as part of a dedication and ribbon cutting of The Debbie Stabenow Urban Agricultural Center.
According to Betti Wiggins, DPSCD’s Office of School Nutrition (OSN) executive director, the dedication is well deserved. “Senator Stabenow has been a staunch supporter of our farm and garden program and so much more,” said Wiggins. “Through her efforts to increase access to healthy foods by way of Michigan growers and school gardens, many students, staff and the surrounding communities have benefitted greatly.”

The dedication comes on the heels of the recent announcement of The Urban Agriculture Act of 2016 which the Senator stated as ‘the most comprehensive urban agriculture legislation to be introduced in Congress. Once passed, the legislation will create new economic opportunities, funding support, and create healthier environments for many surrounding cities. 


The Debbie Stabenow Urban Agricultural Center will encompass a school garden and a hoop house recently erected to grow produce year-round on the campus of Frederick Douglass Academy. The hoop house was funded by the Office of the Under Secretary for Civil Rights and part of an urban initiative program of the USDA. It will be a resource for individuals, particularly students, interested in urban agriculture.

DPSCD Newscast for the week of October 24, 2016

Alana Burke of Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School receives reporting award

alana-burkeAlana Burke one of King’s juniors will be recognized at the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association’s (MIPA) fall conference on Monday, Oct. 24, in Lansing. She is the winner for the category of reporting, her essay was entitled, “Sick-outs, walkouts call attention to unhealthy school condition.”  Alana is the only winner from Detroit.  She is an editor for Crusaders’ Chronicle a high school newspaper through Crain’s Detroit Communications and Michigan State University.

The contest was conducted by MIPA, in partnership with the Michigan Humanities Council and the Pulitzer Prizes Board, as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Pulitzer Prizes in 2016. Honorees will be recognized at the MIPA Fall Conference on Monday, Oct. 24, in Lansing.

Students in grades 8-11 were invited to submit entries in four categories. Work must have related to one or more of the following topics:

  • Accountability and Abuse
  • Presidential Power and Secrecy
  • Civil Rights and Equality
  • War and Peace Entrants in the contest will have an opportunity to meet with several Pulitzer Prize winning journalists speaking at the fall conference. Recognized work will be published into a commemorative booklet.

Judging was completed by journalists associated with the Michigan Press Association Foundation and faculty of the Michigan State University School of Journalism. Judges selected a winner in each category and also recognized additional entries as finalists for their outstanding work.

Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine takes home award for healthy eating video



On October 14, the Detroit Community Health Connection held their Annual Meeting and Red Carpet Awards Event at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History.  At the ceremony, three students from Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine were recognized with a “Youth Award.”  The students recognized were: Tayebah Chowdhury, Tasnim Hussain, and Mahbuba Miah.

The award stems from a video they created last school year encouraging their peers to eat healthy.  The video was assigned as an interdisciplinary project to create a product to educate their peers about a health-risk behavior.  Their client was the Healthy Teens Community Care Center, which is associated with the Detroit Community Health Connection.  The students were accompanied by Mrs. Bradlin, their anatomy and physiology teacher.  The event started with a board meeting followed by several award presentations.  Afterwards, there was a delicious buffet dinner followed by music and dancing.  Participants were also able to tour the exhibits at the museum.

Detroit Public School League’s Division I/II games this Friday at Ford Field

Detroit Public School League’s Division I/II games this Friday at Ford Field

Rivals Cass Tech and King compete for Division I title

DETROIT (October 20, 2016) – The Detroit Public School League’s football games to determine who will make the MHSAA playoffs are scheduled at Ford Field this Friday starting with the first line-up at 4 p.m. with EAA’s Mumford High School (8-0) vs. Denby High School (7-1). The DPS Community District’s Cass Technical High School (8-0) will faceoff with Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School at 7 p.m.

The 4 p.m. game will yield a Division I/II champion and the 7 p.m. game will yield a Division I champion.  After these games there will be a TV selection Sunday, Oct. 23 on Fox Sports Detroit to see which of the teams will make the MHSAA playoffs. All teams are expected to qualify.

Tickets can be purchased at Ford Field for $10. Gates open at 3 p.m.

The All City Football Players for 2016 are listed below:

CASS-Eric Smith (Jr)-NG, Donnie Williams (Sr)-SS, Taron Young (Sr)-LB, Donovan Parker (Sr)-WR; CENTRAL-Colin Sarter (Jr)-OL, Leotis Briggs, Jr. (Jr)-FS, Demetrius Christian (Jr)-RB, Trevon Roberts (So)-OL; CMA-Matthew Webb (Sr)-QB; CODY- Zyaire Gardner (Sr)-RB, Jaysaar Ball (Sr)-DE, Gerard Sim (Jr)-CB; DCP NORTHWESTERN-Delvon Wells (Sr)-LB, Narico Richardson (Sr)-OL, Korey Dennis (Sr)-DE, Kollin Gantt; DENBY-Adonte Calhoun (Sr)-RB, Tonato Tutt (Sr)-SS/WR, Jaylin Early (Jr)-TE/DE, David Blake (Jr)-DT/OG; DOUGLASS-Terrell Harris (Sr)-LB; EAST ENGLISH-Samuel Womack (Sr)-WR/DB, Orniska Webster (Jr)-RT/DT; FORD-Ricky Garner (Sr)-DB/WR, Xavier Williams (Jr)-DR/KR, Alton Dawson (Sr)-LB/FB; KING-Damari Green (Sr)-DT, Cepeda Phillips (Sr)-LB, Jaeveyon Morton (Jr)-DB; MUMFORD-Omar Pagan (Jr)-QB/FS, Greg Johnson (Sr)-DE/TE, Cerell Lewis (Jr)-RB/LB, Brandon Green (Jr)-LB/WR; OSBORN-Bryant Graham (Sr)-RB; PERSHING-Arion Reeves (Sr)-DT, Omar Twilley (Sr)-WR, Michael Bursey (Sr)-LB; RENAISSANCE-Cam’Ron Starks (Sr)-RB; SOUTHEASTERN-Curtis Murphy (Jr)-QB/DB; WESTERN-Eric Mitchell (Sr)-DT/OL, Devin George (Sr)-DB/WR

Detroit Public Schools Community District Names Deborah Peek-Brown as New Deputy Executive Director of Science

Peek-Brown to assist with the transition to the new science standards and professional development

Detroit Public Schools Community District’s Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather named Deborah Peek-Brown as the new Deputy Executive Director of Science. Peek-Brown, currently serves as the Academic Outreach Specialist for the Create for STEM Institute at Michigan State University and will be joining the district in a part time capacity, primarily focusing on transition to the new Michigan Science Standards and Professional Development.

“Ms. Peek-Brown’s extensive experience and knowledge in the science field is an incredible asset to DPSCD as we continue to move toward educational excellence.  She also has a great love for Detroit students, and providing equitable learning opportunities that is consistent with our current mission.  We are very fortunate to have her return to the academic team for DPSCD”, said Alycia Meriweather, interim superintendent, Detroit Public Schools Community District.

Deborah began her career as a science educator in Detroit Public Schools Community District where she taught, supported teachers and developed curriculum materials for 28 years. She has also worked as a research associate experienced in planning comprehensive professional development programs for multi-year science curriculum research projects as well as coordinating data collection and communication with research project participants in public, private and charter schools.

She is now a part of science K-12 curriculum development teams with expertise in project-based science, science literacy, and the use of learning technologies. She is a long standing board member of the Michigan Science Teachers Association and has presented at local, national and international education conferences including Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA), National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), and International Society of Learning Sciences (ICLS).

About the Detroit Public Schools Community District
The Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) is the new public school district for the Detroit community. It was created through the Michigan Legislature’s passage of the education reform bills in June 2016. DPSCD has replaced the former Detroit Public Schools. It will maintain all 97 schools, as well as all necessary support services including transportation, school nutrition, special education, early childhood learning and much more. In addition, DPSCD will emerge with new and innovative academic programs and support, along with facility improvements and enhanced security. Most significantly, DPSCD emerges with virtually no past debt obligations. Learn more at www.detroitk12.org.



Pulaski Elementary-Middle School is closed today due to a power outage

DPSCD Newscast for the Week of October 17, 2016