“DPSCD and EAA look forward to working together”
Detroit Public Schools Community District and the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan announced collaborative efforts to continue the pursuit of excellence in education in the city of Detroit at a joint press conference on Monday, November 7, 2016.
DPSCD Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes, Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather, and EAA Chancellor Veronica Conforme said the partnership ensures the needs of students, staff and families are at the forefront of planning efforts leading up to the July 1, 2017 transition.
“We are pleased to be working with EAA to create a path forward for Detroit schools in the 2017-18 school year,” said Rhodes. “With the transition, all schools return to local control creating a more stable educational environment for students in the long term.”
DPSCD was given a fresh start by the State of Michigan when the legislature passed a package of bills that created a new, virtually debt-free district. As a result, the full per pupil allowance of $7,552 are being used for resources that directly impact classroom instruction and the learning environment for the first time in recent history.
“Our intention is to create promising practices and we will work together to create the best educational opportunities for all students,” said Meriweather.
Both districts said they are beginning to see positive results from new innovative programs. DPSCD has a waiting list for its tuition-free Montessori program implemented this fall. The district also launched the STEM Academy at Cook Elementary School, and implemented blended learning at A.L. Holmes. The EAA has invested heavily in the training of educators, and developing leaders for tomorrow. This training has led to school leaders successfully launching Small Learning Communities in a majority of its schools, a program designed to improve student performance, attendance rates and school culture.
“Together our combined programs and new academic models will be instrumental in the success of public education in Detroit. Parents and students will be pleased by the wide-range of academic and innovative programs offered,” said Meriweather.
“Simply put, it only makes sense for us to work together. Our goal is to maintain stable schools and ensure continuity of academic opportunity for all students. We are committed to completing this school year successfully,” said Conforme.
Together, both districts serve more than 50,000 students and deliver instruction in more than 100 facilities throughout the City of Detroit. The combined leadership is working to ensure opportunities for EAA teachers and staff for the 2017-2018 school.
DPSCD and EAA leadership have been working through the details of the transition. Last week the two districts reached a resolution on previous financial obligations.
Going forward, a community outreach team will be formed to seek the input of all stakeholders including parents, teachers, students and administrators.
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