Detroit Public Schools to close 45 schools by 2015

Artist's rendition of an abandoned school book depository. Based upon an actual abandoned building in a Detroit Public Schools district.

Art inspired by an actual abandoned book depository for Detroit Public Schools.

“At what point will America’s public schools turn the corner?” is something many of us wonder – and Detroit Public Schools are a prime example of what has gone wrong. Children deserve a quality education, but too few families can afford to send them to private schools because they a) do not make enough money, or b) are so mired in debt due to bad credit decisions that they live from pay day to pay day. As recent news out of the smoldering crater that is Detroit Public Schools indicates, things are going to get a whole lot worse before they get … even worse. The children of the once great but now recession-riddled city of Detroit deserve more.

Closing 45 Detroit Public Schools a $1 billion plan?

Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb says closing 45 Detroit public schools is a $1 billion plan. But how do Detroit Public Schools expect to be able to assimilate the discarded children, teachers and staff into the schools left standing?

Overcrowding and inferior, aging facilities are already a problem –- then there’s the problem of discipline in the classroom. Stuffing more kids in may finally blow the top off the pressure cooker. Associated Press reports indicate an expected drop of 30,000 students over that time (preschool through 12th), but where will they go? Can their families actually afford to move without money loans? People in Detroit are stretched to the limit financially; it’s that way in many Michigan cities, including Flint.

Detroit has lost half its population in the past 50 years

Crain’s Business Detroit brings us that sobering statistic, something typically heard about small towns that depended upon dying industries for their lifeblood. Once Detroit Public Schools has dropped 45 more schools, the automobile capital of America will be that much closer to being either a) a ghost town, or b) being bombed off the map to avoid an “Escape from New York” scenario from spreading. Merging schools won’t address the quality of education troubles that plague Detroit Public Schools and every other public school system from Honolulu to Rhode Island.

Detroit Public School closures to be finalized by mid-April

Until then, read this list and reflect on a dream for a better Detroit that might have been. Without the capital – without the hope – Detroit will fall, strangled, in the dust. These schools will close in the next few years.

Wilkins Elementary

Fleming Elementary

Pulaski Elementary

Trix Elementary

Mason Elementary

Hamilton Elementary

Hanstein Elementary

Clark Elementary

Carstens Elementary

Campbell Elementary

Bunche Elementary

Jamieson Elementary

Thirkell Elementary

Sherrill Elementary

Glazer Elementary

Bagley Elementary

McDowell Elementary

Crary Elementary

Bethune ELC and Bethune Academy

Dossin Elementary

Coffey PK-8

McKenny Elementary

Langton Hughes Academy building

Harding Elementary

Vetal Elementary

Gompers Elementary

Burt Elementary

McColl Elementary

Lessenger Elementary

Drew K-8

Westside Multicultural Academy

MacFarlane Elementary

Barton Elementary

Parker Elementary

O.W. Holmes Elementary

Logan Elementary

Maybury Elementary

Earhart Middle

Malcom X Academy

Hally Magnet Middle School

Brenda Scott Middle School

Osborn High School

Finney High School at McNair

Kettering High School

Northwestern High School

Cooley High School

Communication and Media Arts High School

Southwestern High School

McKinney Day Treatment

Crosman Alternative Schools

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