DPS to hold workshops for parents on Renaissance 2012 Plan

The Detroit Public Schools’ Parents Speakers Bureau will hold workshops beginning Tuesday for other parents and guardians at the district’s Parent Resource Centers to inform them about the DPS Renaissance 2012 plan.

Consistent with DPS’ Deficit Elimination Plan, which calls for closing 40 schools, the district released a list of 32 schools that will be slated to close, 30 this school year and two next year. Eighteen of those have the opportunity to become charters and remain open as neighborhood schools. If not successful, they will close. DPS also named eight schools to be closed and consolidated with other schools and an additional list of 27 schools believed to be excellent candidates for charters under this process.

The 45 ‘Renaissance Schools’ will be the subject of a rigorous and competitive bidding and vetting process for conversion to charter schools. They were identified because they have low academic performance, low or declining enrollment, high operational costs, poor physical conditions, or a combination of these factors.

The meetings are:

PRIEST………….Tuesday, April 5 12:00 PM-2:00 PM
7840 Wagner
CENTRAL ……….Tuesday, April 5 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
2425 Tuxedo
DSA- Langston Hughes….Wednesday, April 6 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
19501 Berg Rd
PHOENIX ….. ….Thursday, April 7 10:00 AM -12:00 PM
7735 Lane St
MARCUS GARVEY……Thursday, April 7 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
2301 Van Dyke
CODY…………..Thursday, April 7 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
18445 Cathedral
OSBORN ………. Monday, April 11 3:00 PM-5:00 PM
11600 E. 7 Mile
CENTRAL ………..Thursday, April 14 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
2425 Tuxedo

Children’s activities and refreshments will be provided.

DPS also will hold two Town Hall meetings with Emergency Manager Robert C. Bobb and the Board of Education. Those will be held on April 12 at 6 p.m. at Kettering High School and April 13 at 6 p.m. at Cody High School. The district also will hold and a series of hearings for local schools affected by the Renaissance Plan and school closures. Those dates and dates will be announced.

For additional information, parents can go to www.detroitk12.org/Renaissance2012 or call (313) 240-4377 or email Renaissance2012@detroitk12.org

About the DPS Renaissance 2012 Plan
DPS Renaissance 2012 is a transformative plan to radically restructure many academically-failing schools and reduce operating costs by seeking local and national groups and charter school operators for 45 of DPS’ 141 schools. The district’s state-mandated Deficit Elimination Plan requires 70 schools to be closed over two years. Instead of closing 45 schools this fall, the district would authorize schools to be converted to charters, allowing many poor-performing schools to undergo an academic transformation and stay open. This plan supports the district’s state-mandated Deficit Elimination Plan by reducing operating costs.

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