An Emergency Manager is supposed to solve problems in the environment for which they are appointed. So why is it that the EFM for Detroit Public Schools has attached a $1 million budget with his name on it? If an EM operates on the same level as Roy Roberts, the City of Detroit is in for a very long, rocky ride and the only person benefiting from the deal will be the EM (whoever that is). I can imagine the tongues hanging out as they salivate–ready to pounce on getting their hands on “easy money” as yet one more person helps themselves and not the purpose for which they were hired. Come on people! Wake up! This is what happens when people don’t vote and don’t vote with wisdom. An EM for Detroit will be around for a lot longer than the 18 months being touted–just look at other cities in Michigan and other school districts (including DPS) and see what is happening.
Check out the DPS Budget on their website (www.detroitk12.org). Why does Roy Roberts need $1 million? There are employees whose salaries have been cut so deeply that after 38 years of employment, they’re making less now than they did ten years ago. That’s a shame and a disgrace that is attributable to all those who came into the school district with a sole purpose of ripping it off. That is the future of Detroit with an EM!
In one school district in Michigan, teachers are being shoved about and moved around like pawns on a chessboard and there is no outcry from outraged parents; especially since the children are the victims of the incompetency prevailing through what is normally called, “human resources”. This department needs to change its name to “inhumane resources”. That would be a more apt description for what they provide. This is “almost” the end of the first semester and teachers are moved from classrooms where they have “almost” developed a relationship with students and the students have “almost” connected with their teachers. Now that connection has been broken and knowing the students the way I do, the next teacher they have is really going to catch it.
Parents, where is the outrage? Why don’t you care enough about your children to file a class-action lawsuit against Detroit Public Schools for disrupting your child’s education, perpetuating a constant state of failure, and total disregard for the process of educating inner city students?
Students in Detroit–if your teacher has recently been transferred–revolt and demand the district to consider your needs, first and foremost.
DPS–Dumbfounded, Perplexed and Stultified–refusing to “see” themselves as the culprits for failing schools and always laying the blame squarely on the shoulders of the teachers who do not make foolish decisions and do not have any control over the ineptness constantly displayed by those who are at the helm.
It’s time to wake up folks if success is ever going to be possible for this district and its students!