To: Darnell Earley, Emergency Manager and Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Tell Detroit Public Schools: Our Kids Deserve Better
Enough is enough!
Our children deserve a great public education that includes a safe and welcoming environment for learning. Our educators deserve the respect and support they need to do their jobs well, with manageable class sizes and time to prepare to meet the needs of every student.
We demand real answers and fully funded schools.
Why is this important?
For too long, Detroit students and educators have been learning and teaching in deplorable conditions. From serious health and safety hazards such as mold, asbestos and mice infestations, to classrooms with no heat, these unacceptable conditions have been ignored. The floor of the gym at one school has buckled from water damage and is covered in black mold. In at least one school, classrooms even have bullet holes in the walls. Teachers and support staff are expected to teach in overcrowded classrooms without textbooks or support. Students with health issues are suffering due to the lack of school nurses.
Educators in Detroit’s public schools come to school every day despite these disgusting conditions and do the best we can to give our students a great education.
Enough is enough.
Students, parents, educators and the Detroit community are demanding real answers from Gov. Rick Snyder and Emergency Manager Darnell Earley. It’s time to fully fund Detroit’s public schools. Our students deserve nothing less.