A few days ago, I composed a post - Public Sector Unions: A Toxin, A Crisis & An Opportunity. Therein, I argued that public unions are a useless cancer on our economy and, in particular, that they are destroying our educational system. Comes today The Blogprof - a professor from Michigan commenting on the Detroit Public School System.
Some of the facts that he lays out in his post are stunning. Chief among them is that the Detroit Public School system (DPS) graduates only 25% of its students. And that figure is likely itself inflated as the DPS has, until recently, used "social promotion" to promote students to the next grade irrespective of their academic qualification. Moreover, of those who do come out of the DPS system, 33% of working-age adults, and 44% of all adults, read below the 6th grade level. The DPS school board and teacher's union are now in a fight with DPS emergency financial manager Robert Bobb over academic control of the city's schools.
The DPS School Board President is Otis Mathis, himself a graduate of the DPS system. Mr. Mathis composed the following e-mail for mass distribution last August:
Read the Blogprof's post for the rest of this horror story.
Do DPS control the Foundation or outside group? If an outside group control the foundation, then what is DPS Board row with selection of is director? Our we mixing DPS and None DPS row's, and who is the watch dog?