NEWS from Detroit Public Schools
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Principals and assistant principals from all Detroit Public Schools this morning joined General Superintendent Connie K. Calloway, her leadership team and Board members for the Opening of Schools meeting held at Renaissance High School. The program included recognition of principals receiving awards, those achieving perfect attendance during the 2007-08 school year, and greetings from Board of Education President Carla Scott M.D.

Dr. Calloway quoted a published editorial from last week in which AFT Michigan President David Hecker called on union members, community members and agencies and district officials to be partners in implementing effective programs

Dr. Calloway asked all of those involved with Detroit Public Schools to enter this school year by “shifting the lens..Much like the way in which even the slightest turn of a kaleidoscope provides a brilliant colorfully changed display, every shift in our focus can produce dramatic change for our school children who are, after all, our clients. I am asking that you join me in viewing all that we will face this year through the lens of “What do the children need?” and “What is best for the student?” By moving forward together in this regard we can make a dramatically positive impact on our students, our schools, our city and indeed, our region and state.”

The General Superintendent encouraged all staff to review School Profile Reports, copies of which for each school in the district are presented for the public on the school district website. Such data demonstrates, particularly at the high school level, the challenges facing the district in meeting each student’s needs and creating conditions for all students to achieve.

Updates were also provided on Opening of Schools, High School Redesign and textbook distribution, as well as demographic data to set the tone for the population/economic forces and opportunities facing the school district, parental needs, and health factors such as the high incidence of lead poisoning among Detroit’s children.

Dr. Calloway additionally pointed to DPS successes noting that “even as we face academic and economic challenges, we have many excellent successes to celebrate in DPS. That is why, even as the families of more than 96,000 students choose Detroit Public Schools this year, we remain more than three times the size of the next largest district in the state. Our challenge is to replicate the successful schools and programs, and create new ones, to assure that all of our children will succeed.” She noted that by 2014 Federal No Child Left Behind legislation requires all students to have met standards. Finally, Dr. Calloway stated that she looked forward to visiting DPS schools on the first day of school, Tuesday, September 2.

Board Member Annie Carter also attended the session, as did representatives from Wayne RESA in support of the High Priority Schools initiative.
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