Inside Detroit's Failing Public Schools

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Detroit Public Schools are in crisis. Dropout rates are twice the national average, schools are routinely failing health inspections, and the district is more than three and a half billion dollars in debt. In this short video, Atlantic associate editor Alia Wong traces the history of Detroit Public Schools—from a model for urban education at the turn of the century to a failing, debt-ridden system today. How did the school district decline so dramatically?

This video is based on the report, A School District in Crisis: Detroit's Public Schools 1842-2015.

Authors: Daniel Lombroso, Alia Wong, Michael Bloom

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In 1980,  I was 16 Years old and remember the LOCAL news talking about the  PROBLEMS in the schools in Detroit AND how they were going to fix it. Few years later,  News story about teachers stealing computers and taking them home and/or giving them to friends.
37 years LATER...Same story
Problems in Detroit Schools.
THIS IS SAD!.
Generations of kids going to bad schools. And we wonder why there is crime etc.
Retirement money/bonuses should be taken away
When people get a pay check either way for doing " Great work "  or  " Terrible work " is never good!

Author — martind586

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detroit is not improving. your video is false.

Author — roy romano

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WHO SAYS THE DETROIT KIDS AREN'T IN SCHOOL?! Detroit closes school buildings, then the drop-outs return to the school to loot and strip the place of copper plumbing. See, that's how Detroit gets their kids "back in school"!

Author — Timbrock1000

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How did we get here? That's easy: The demographics changed.

Author — Lava1964

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Crazy picture at the end. Dozens of city blocks each with 1-5 houses standing on each.

Author — Alex M

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99% of the problem is that when you let the students rule, intimidate, hit the teachers and come to school only when they feel like it and then your school board is on these poor students side, this is the end result, who wants to be a teacher in Detroit only to find out that the school board doesn't have the teachers safety to be their number 1 priority, then, this is what you end up with, a broken down terrible school system.

Author — Andre Canuck

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nothing to do with most of the population being black!

Author — jaalmorrell

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How ironic - the aerial view of the school at the end is shaped like an F!

Author — A A Q

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Isn’t that funny: notice that there is no mention of the black riots in 1943 or 1967. They show footage of the AFTERMATH (burned down buildings), but they don’t show the people who were causing the destruction. Yet, they imply “white flight” was caused by desegregation.

Author — Jonathan Collier-Porter

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Detroit is NOT in anyway IMPROVING! The city is falling to rust all because nobody will take care of it. It’s sad, Detroit was a bustling city in the 20th century and now look where it is now. It is the saddest place I have ever been😔 I am a resident in Michigan and attend my local High School, I live in Metro Detroit and we have not a single problem with our schools. Detroit has extreme debt on their hands and I see no signs of them trying to pay it off😔 I have Three years of High School left and by the time I graduate, I think Detroit won’t be a city anymore. Just a shell of what it used to sad

Author — Jax Gradinscak

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I know who the problem is, and you do too.

Author — DanielC

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I never let school get in the way of my education...

Author — Glenn Wilkinson

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As a former high school teacher working in far east side Detroit City (Finney H.S.), it is very hard to see that the conditions of the majority of the schools are still deplorable. The funding which has been earmarked for the school improvement programs should be used for that particular purpose only! It is truly sad to see that administrators can not be trusted with public funds.
After all this is not about how I can get more money to be used for selfish gain at the tax payer's expense; it is or should be about how can I use these resources in order to improve the quality of my students educational & learning environment.

Author — Dannette Jackson

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Faults go to both the government and the people

Author — Rick Sanchez

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Blacks do a great job of running things...in the ground.

Author — jake armitage

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Race is not a social construction. Society yes, is a racial construct. Blood is worth more than gold.

Author — SHTF Way of Life

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Detroit sounds like a city in Africa, no idea what the reason...

Ahh yes, the White supremacist conspiracy to keep blacks from learning at schools.

Author — Darren Mandalorian

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They have the funding, they have the resources, what they dont have are students with an IQ above 80.

Author — spence

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some are saying it’s the white peoples’ fault. some say it’s the blacks’ fault. neither are valid. this is the government’s fault. this is corruption at its finest— and y’all blaming each other? open your eyes! it’s the government’s fault and y’all have been manipulated into thinking it is us, the peoples’ fault (including every race).

Author — why

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Which party's held the city? The democrats or republicans.

Author — Godisgood Allthetime