Righting the Ship: What Can be Done to Keep Detroit Public Schools from Sinking Further?

POST BY Curt Guyette Investigative Reporter
March 04, 2015

After six years of state control, this much is beyond debate:

Emergency management has neither fixed the finances of Detroit Public Schools nor provided even an adequate education to most Detroit students.

The state’s takeover of the district, and the appointment of four different managers during those six years, has been like shuffling captains on the Titanic after the iceberg has been hit. Unless the hole gets plugged, the ship is going down no matter who is at the helm.

In the case of DPS, the district’s perpetual annual deficits (pegged at nearly $170 million for the current fiscal year) and its long-term debt (which is at more than $2.1 billion as of last June) aren’t just an issue of management. Unless severe structural problems are resolved, the district will continue sinking.

Wayne State University economist and law school professor Peter Hammer focused on the crisis facing DPS in a paper published in The Journal Of Law In Society.

Read the full story at Democracy Watch

By Curt Guyette, Investigative Reporter

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