Detroit School Board crazier than City Council ?

So, apparently there was a little ruckus at the most recent Detroit School Board Meeting. The crowd was so upset they started throwing grapes at the board!. It appears there are a couple citizens pretty pissed off about the Board’s decision to close 34 schools down for funding reasons. If somebody has a YouTube video of this meeting, I’d love to see it – post it in the comment section. I seriously didn’t think things could get more crazy than a Detroit City Council Meeting.

I maintain my stand that the Detroit will be the first school district in the country to be involuntarily privatized because of mismanagement, labor strikes, and already heavy competition from charter and religious schools.

7 Comments so far

  1. max (unregistered) on April 5th, 2007 @ 6:04 pm

    from what i have seen the school closing issue is pretty clear: not enough students to fill the place and not nearly enough money to keep a half empty school open is fighting a losing battle. what if enrollment was down to just 5%? would the parents still be arguing to keep it open? probably. no one wants their kid to travel half way across town to go to school…but it’s not like most of those kids won’t drop out for some reason or another sooner than later anyway. i read that the school completion rate in Detroit was something like 22%, nice. as for the fiasco that ensued, pathetic. another example of parents leading by example? suprised there was no gunfire, that always solves eveything in this town.

    and when it comes to the city council (and state government as well, not to mention national) and such i see, read and hear articles all the time pointing out HUGE flaws and, locally, someone in charge of something MUST be seeing or reading the same things i am yet nothing seems to ever get changed. when anything negative gets back to me about my business i look into it, speak with the other people here and take action to change what’s bad. the Mayor and/or city council (and Govener) must be watching the news, reading the papers (Free Press and/or Metro Times, etc.) and getting feedback from residents but literally it seems that nothing changes at all…nothing. i hate being stagnant, any move shows that you’re at least trying to do something. now that the Mayor has announced that he’s “matured” for his latest term i haven’t seen anything at all change, at least when he was getting into trouble before we knew he was out there. sorry for the rant, i got a little of the RR bug in me today, huh?

  2. Kim (unregistered) on April 6th, 2007 @ 9:40 am

    Well, we can’t blame the School Board. The incident that happened last night boils down to one firnge group called the Call Em Out Coalition.

    This was not the action of Detroit parents, nor the School Board. In fact I think that the Mayor, City Council and the School Board have begun to show some real leadership this year in solving the problems that plague this city.

    The School Board is actually being innovative, though it is sad that schools must close, the silver lining is the concept of creating more specialized public schools.

    It is unfortunate that just a few people have to embarrass the whole community. This only allows for exaggerated opinions of what is happening like this Metro Blog post to appear as justified.

  3. Tom (unregistered) on April 6th, 2007 @ 9:53 am

    “Mayor, City Council and the School Board have begun to show some real leadership this year in solving the problems that plague this city.”

    Like what? I can’t think of anything off of the top of my head. To me, the only reason people are giving props to the Mayor and City Council is because they’re being (relatively) quiet and staying out of the press. If Kilpatrick didn’t get busted last year with the credit card and Navigator incident, you can be sure as hell that he’d still be doing it. Who knows what is still going on that we just don’t know about yet. Is Bobby Ferguson out of jail yet?

    The Mayor talked a big game at his State of the City address about neighborhood revitalization, etc, etc but so far since his re-election, nothing has happened. There still is no accountability in the police force, crime is still fairly rampant, and the only people helping these endangered neighborhoods are private organizations (like the UCCA in Midtown).

  4. max (unregistered) on April 6th, 2007 @ 10:51 am

    i don’t think i ever said anything negative about the school board (but the woman pressing assault charges on a grape is a bit much). now, is the “call ’em out coalition” made up of parents (or for that matter, Detroit residents) or are they some some rogue group of activists picking on the Detroit school board even though they don’t/haven’t had children in the system? if not i’d like to suggest to them that they fight for something that directly affects their lives.

    as for the Mayor’s State of the City address and latest term, he seems to be saying “we understand that the city has a lot of problems so why don’t you all try to fix them yourselves then let us know if you need any additional help”. maybe he’s having trouble seeing the “real” city from behind his entourage…um, i mean body guards.

  5. ZuDfunck (unregistered) on April 6th, 2007 @ 4:27 pm

    I hope there isn’t any video floating out there in the ether of this travesty!

    It is a big enough of an embarrassment just reading it in text.

    No wonder everyone leaves southeast Michigan when they can, shameful!


  6. Martha (unregistered) on April 6th, 2007 @ 6:56 pm

    Ah. Detroit. Grew up there. It’s a great place to be FROM.

  7. Mollika* (unregistered) on April 8th, 2007 @ 2:48 pm

    Were they red or green grapes?

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