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DPS Special Education programming in compliance with state, federal requirements for first time since 2007

State reinstates $4.8 million in funding following district’s efforts to improve procedures, service Detroit Public Schools is in compliance with state and federal requirements for Special Education for the first time since 2007. As a result of coming into compliance in the area of Educational Environments, the Michigan Department of Education reinstated $4.8 million in funding, which represents 20 percent of requested federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act funds that were withheld during the 2010-2011 school year. The Michigan Department of Education requires school districts across the state to comply with 15 Performance Plan Indicators, which are areas that ensure students are being effectively served and districts are in compliance with the IDEA and Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education.

DPS to blanket community with safety message through partnership with DPTV, WRCJ-FM and hundreds of principals, pastors and community leaders

Detroit Public Schools, which is mounting a massive effort to keep Detroit students safe in and around schools, is blanketing the community with safety video messages through a partnership with the city, state and leaders across the region. Working with Detroit Public Television and WRCJ 90.9 FM, the district has created a five-minute safety-start-up video and is matching it with personalized introductions from principals throughout DPS, pastors, and community leaders. DPS Safety Video The goal is to have leaders and principals from across the city create individualized messages which they can disseminate to their respective communities that stress the importance of keeping children safe. Using the powerful networks and tools of social media, the district hopes to have the safety

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Demolition of former Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School has begun

Demolition of the former Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School has begun, with excavators on site today, tearing down the administration and science lab wings in the first phase of demolition. It will take about four weeks to raze the 230,000-square-foot school that was built in 1963. One of the largest projects in the Detroit Public Schools’ $500.5 million bond construction program voters approved in 2009, the MLK project includes razing the 48-year-old building facing Lafayette Street. The auditorium of the former school will remain in use. The new school, complete with a new athletic complex and cyber café, will connect to the auditorium that is receiving upgrades that include interior finishes and systems.   The new $46.4 million facility

Detroit Public Schools students start work today on construction job sites

Students hired to work through the district’s $500.5 million capital improvement program will earn $250 per week with $900 incentive bonus in nine-week construction program More than 135 Detroit Public Schools students started work today on nine construction sites as part of a nine-week trades program where they will combine classroom instruction with on-site job experience in the industry. Western International High School in Southwest Detroit, where a $27.8 million renovation and construction of a new athletic complex is underway, was one of the job sites where a group of students reported to work today. They performed construction management tasks such as reading blueprints and surveying the job site under the supervision of the Colasanti / DCI design build team,

Detroit Public Schools provides parents and students 24-7 access to textbooks, assignments and other educational resources via online portal

Parents by January will have access to online Grade Books, immediate intervention notifications and more Detroit Public Schools announced today that parents and students can soon access a variety of education resources, including online textbooks and class assignments, from anywhere with an Internet connection, thanks to a brand new robust online parent portal called the DPS Learning Village. And by January, parents, teachers, and counselors in all schools will have access to unparalleled and immediate electronic communication about students’ progress tied to students’ grades, absences, and more. The system is connected to an online, password-protected Electronic Grade Book. Through the Parent/Student Learning Village tool, parents and students will receive a username and password and can pull a variety of educational

Detroit Public Schools students to graduate with a high school diploma and associate’s degree

At a graduation ceremony tonight, seven students from the Detroit Allied Health Middle College Program at Kettering High School Middle College will receive a high school diploma, having also simultaneously received an Associate’s degree from Wayne County Community College. About the program: The Detroit Allied Health Middle College Program at Kettering High School Middle College is providing Detroit students a marketplace of secondary school options that accelerate postsecondary opportunities in the field of allied health. This is part of Detroit Public Schools’ mission to have every graduate complete high school with the skills necessary for success. Since 2007, the Middle College has partnered with the administration of Detroit Public Schools, Wayne County Community College District, and the Detroit Medical Center.

18 local and national organizations submit bids to transform 50 schools to charters as part of DPS’ Renaissance 2012 plan

Eighteen local and national organizations submitted bids to transform 50 schools, including some duplicates, into DPS-authorized charters as part of the DPS Renaissance 2012 Plan, a transformative plan to engage proven charter school operators and create a portfolio of outstanding schools. Detroit Public Schools is working with The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), the national leader in charter school authorizing, on the proposal and startup for Renaissance initiative, including the competitive and rigorous RFP (Request for Proposal) process. Bids were due Monday.

Detroit Public Schools launches first phase of massive technology upgrades to bring 40,000 laptop computers to 57 schools

Netbooks go live at Denby and Bethune-Fitzgerald schools this week Detroit-Students of the Robotics Team at Denby High School were taught their first virtual lesson today using brand new laptop computers as part of a massive technology infusion initiative that will wire 57 Detroit Public Schools for 40,000 laptop computers this year. The technology upgrades are funded by a $35 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant combined with the voter-approved Proposal S bond issue. “This investment will ensure that any barriers to technological accessibility are removed for our students and open up their classrooms to the world,” said Emergency Manager Robert Bobb. Students in grades 6-12 at Denby High School and Bethune-Fitzgerald Academy are among the first in the