Category Archives: News and Press Releases

DPSCD Hosts First-Ever “All Schools S.T.E.A.M. Showcase” at Eastern Market on Sunday, April 2

More than 100 schools to Showcase S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) offerings; Family-Friendly event to include pony rides, petting zoo, giant games, face-painting, giveaways and more! Detroit Public Schools Community District and major partners from the city’s largest and most exciting arts and scientific museums and venues will host the first-ever “All Schools S.T.E.A.M. Showcase” at Eastern Market on Sunday, April 2 — with S.T.E.A.M. standing for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. (Check out Jared and his enthusiasm on Facebook; by the way Jared has been accepted in the U.S. Air Force Academy) Representatives from more than 100 schools, including all DPSCD schools, as well as participating Education Achievement Authority schools and DPSCD-authorized charter schools, will be

UPDATE: DPSCD’s Board to Host Superintendent Candidates’ Day in the District

Candidate schedules include school visits, community meetings and open interview sessions DPSCD’s two superintendent finalists, Dr. Nikolai Vitti and Derrick Coleman have 12-hour interview schedules. They will start their day with an overview of the district’s finance and academic departments culminating with an open session interview conducted by the DPSCD Board of Education at 6 p.m. on each of their designated interview dates. In addition to an overview of the district and the open interview session, the two candidates will have an opportunity to visit schools, meet staff, educators, parents and students. Supplementary public meetings are also scheduled with members of the community including faith-based, labor and business stakeholders. The board is seeking to avail the candidates to as many

Congratulations to the Winners of the NAACP Detroit 27th Annual Art and Essay Contest

Congratulations to our students and their teachers and schools!! The Detroit Branch NAACP will host a reception for the winner on March 28 for formal recognition. We are pleased to share with you the following DSCD student winners: Elementary School *1st Place Elementary Essay Justin Cunningham,  5th Grade        FLICS               Brandy Walker *2nd Place Elementary Essay       Jay Cheatam, 5th Grade                FLICS               Brandy Walker 3rd Place Elementary Essay  Sanjida Zaman, 2nd Grade        Davison        Dr. Shraddha Jha *1st Elementary Art              Kyla Hill, 5th Grade                FLICS               Brandy Walker *2nd Place Elementary Art   Taryn Edwards, 5th Grade        FLICS               Brandy Walker *3rd Place Elementary Art    Janiya Williams, 4th Grade        Dossin            Sharita Brooks Middle School *1st Place Middle Essay                Kennedi Reed, 7th Grade        Paul Robeson K.

Statement from the Board Regarding Lawsuit Filed to Prohibit the SRO from Closing Schools

In an effort to block the state’s attempt to close schools, the Detroit Public Schools Community District has filed a Complaint for Declaratory Judgment and a motion for Preliminary Injunctive Relief against the State School Reform Office with the State of Michigan Court of Claims. The Complaint outlines the grounds for its action including the following: The SRO failed to publish a valid annual list of the lowest achieving 5 percent of schools in the state, as a precedent for closure. Schools must be on the closure list for 3 years. The new district has not been in operation for three years, so its schools do not qualify for closure. The SRO was given powers that are ill-defined, completely open-ended

DPSCD Board Selects Three Finalists for Superintendent

After conducting a nation-wide search, DPSCD Board of Education narrowed its search for superintendent down to three potential finalists during a Special Board Meeting. “As a school board, our focus and our goal is always to do what is best for the children. This is our primary consideration in everything we do, and is also at the forefront of our thinking during this process.” said Board President, Iris Taylor. The district retained Ray and Associates for the search in late January, followed by extensive community engagement that included surveys and focus groups. The highly competitive process attracted 75 applicants from around the country. The search firm narrowed the applicants down to the 10 most highly qualified candidates and delivered those

DPSCD is Proud to Announce Cydney Gardner Brown and Oluwakemi Dauda Named 2017 Coca-Cola Scholars

One of the Nation’s Premiere Scholarship Programs Award Detroit Students $20,000 for College Cydney Gardner Brown (Renaissance), and Oluwakemi Dauda (Ben Carson), are exceptional Detroit Public Schools Community District seniors. They have been recognized among the country’s most outstanding high school leaders by the Coca‑Cola Scholars Foundation and have been awarded a $20,000 college scholarship. As a member of the 29th class of Coca‑Cola Scholars, Gardner Brown and Dauda not only exemplify superior leadership, service, and academics – they are change agents, positively affecting others in this community. Gardner Brown and Dauda were selected from a pool of nearly 86,000 initial applicants from across the country. “This year’s Coca Cola Scholars were selected from over 86,000 applicants nationwide, which is

DPSCD Board voted to sue state’s SRO

DPSCD School Board voted to file a lawsuit against the SRO During a closed session at the public board meeting on March 14, 2017 the DPSCD Board voted to pursue litigation against the State School Reform/Redesign Office. Below is the official statement issued by Board President Iris Taylor. “The DPSCD School Board has one job. And that’s to ensure that every child in every Detroit neighborhood has access to a quality school. Just days after we took office and were beginning to get to work, the State School Reform Office informed us that 16 low performing DPSCD schools could soon be shut down. Thousands of our children could be forced to travel as far as Holly and East China just

Save the Date for the All Schools S.T.E.A.M.y Showcase April 2

Save the date for the district’s first ever All Schools S.T.E.A.M.y Showcase at Eastern Market on Sunday, April 2. The theme, “Schools of Detroit” will be showcased throughout the shed. It will be subdivided geographically with “streets the showcase DPSCD schools and neighborhoods of Detroit. Several partners will participate to provide a true Detroit scene to welcome our families, students and neighbors. Please visit our Facebook Page and click going to this event. Join the celebration by sharing updates on Facebook leading to this grand event.

Congratulations DPSCD students who have garnered internships

Today the Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather acknowledge students who have been selected for summer internships. Congratulations!! Check out this list of students who have gone above and beyond to earn internships in their field of choice. Internships are a great way to get a head start on a career path! Student Work-Based Learning Internship Program Last Name First Name Internship Placement Anderson Jay Ia Perkins Law Group Bradford Jennifer Detroit School for Digital Technology Bricest Johnathon Detroit School for Digital Technology Cole Jordin DTE Collins Michael Detroit News Del Angel Gisell Detroit School for Digital Technology Enriquez Alejandra Detroit School for Digital Technology Forman Tanai-Jah Shinola Haliburton Stephanie Detroit Land Bank Hough Rashay Shinola Johnson Erica Golightly CTC Johnson LaS

DPSCD Spelling Bee Winners

Congratulations to our students who participated in the district’s annual Spelling Bee. Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather acknowledged students today in her Monday’s Message to district employees. Elementary Winner:  Syleena McPherson (Golightly Education Center) Elementary Runner-up:  Mohammad Hasib (Davison Elementary/Middle School) Middle School Winner:  Tasnim Dina  (Davison Elementary/Middle School) Middle School Runner-up:  Candace Montgomery (Marcus Garvey Academy)