Students who graduate from any Detroit high school are being offered four-year scholarshipscovering university and community college tuition.
Mayor Mike Duggan officially launched the "Detroit Promise" registration process at 1:45 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28 at Communication & Media Arts High School, 14771 Mansfield St.
Morethan 700 Detroit high school graduates fromthe class of 2016 are now attending community college or university after receivingthe Detroit Promise funding, according to the mayor's office.
The program will allow any Detroit high school student who graduates with a 3.0 GPA or higher, and scores over 21 on ACT or 1060 on SAT, the opportunity to earn a Bachelor's degree tuition-free.
The Detroit Promise Zone Authority and Michigan Education Excellence Foundation oversee the program with funding through the Detroit Regional Chamber.
Detroit promises tuition-free community college to every high school graduate -- public, private or charter
In2013, the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation launched a narrowerversion of the plan, andin March 2016, Duggan launched the Detroit Promise Zone Authority, dedicating a portion of tax dollars generated by that entity to fundtwo-year scholarships.
Earlier this year, Duggan announced the creation of the Detroit Promise to guarantee the opportunity for two years of tuition-free college education at five local community colleges.
Since its launch, 2,000 Detroit students were provided with college or university access.
Kalamazoo Public Schools also shares a similar concept of offering free tuition, called the Kalamazoo Promise.
The deadline to register isFeb. 1, 2017 for universities and June 30, 2017 for community colleges.
Applications for the funding are available here.
The tension between charter schools and traditional Los Angeles Unified schools has never been higher. The district is in bad financial straits as a result of lower enrollment, while a new philanthropic group calling itself the Great Public Schools Initiative has plans to fund more charter schools, which attract students from L.A. Unified. Thats just one of many points of friction.
But one problem the sharing of campuses by both charter schools and traditional schools has ruffled more feelings than necessary. A proposal that comes before the school board onTuesday takes a stab at mending fences, but it needs more work.
School districts are required by law to offer unused, surplus space to charters for a fee under a provision of Proposition 39, which was passed in 2000. Though voters may havefigured at the time that the proposition referred to schools that would otherwise be closed, in reality, the space is usually at a less-than-full campus.
A few sharing arrangements have worked smoothly, but most have not. Youd be amazed how complicated it can be to define what an empty classroom is. The district might say that a room that seems empty is in fact a computer lab. The charter might respond that there are never any computer classes taking place there.
And how should the space be divided? Should the district school, for instance, have to shorten or change its recess times to make way for the charter students?
L.A. Unified school board member Ref Rodriguez co-founder of a group of charter schools proposes to create a task force made up of district and charter leaders, who would work out a more agreeable and transparent system for what is known as co-location.
Frankly, its hard to imagine the two sides amicably solving this fraught an issue. Charter schools and traditional public schools, whichoften have very different cultures, are competing for scarce resources. A group of outsiders, acceptable to both sides, might have better luck bridging the gaps.
Its also important for the school board to set some ground rules from the start. Traditional schools should not be required to give up rooms that are used for classes or running programs, or to switch their recess or gym or cafeteria schedules to suit a charter school. Charter schools, which often have smaller class sizes, shouldnt be given, say, a classroom for every 15 students if the other school on campus only gets one for every 25 or 30 students. Thats not equity. At the same time, its dishonest and unfair for a district school to claim it needs the playing field all day long, or that it must have a particular classroom for science labs even though it has no equipment there and no one is using it.
It might take a third party to arbitrate these disputes, but that would be better than letting usable classroom space go to waste.
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Firefighters at Knoxville College where investigators believe a fire was intentionally set. 5/28/13 (Photo: Firefighters at Knoxville College where investigators believe a fire was intentionally set. 5/28/13)
On a campus of unmanned buildings, shattered glass and boarded walls, a college already struggling to get back on its feet is facing a new challenge.
Fire crews returned to Knoxville College's campus on Monday, investigating after the Knoxville Fire Department says someone set the trash in a vacant building on fire and lit several grass fires nearby.
"They're not manned. There's no security over there, so if somebody's coming in and starting fires there, there's a possibility that somebody's going to get hurt," Knoxville Fire Department Captain DJ Corcoran said.
It's not the first time officials cited safety concerns there. In 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency found thousands of bottles of hazardous chemicals in an abandoned science building. Those chemicals have since been removed.
Neighbors and alumni are sad to see the once-flourishing campus taken over by vandals.
James Hudson is a past president of the Knoxville College Alumni Association. He says the college has a rich history dating back to 1890.
"I would like to see it open. I would like to see the place bustling with students again. And I would like to see the school prosper."
It's a sentiment alumnus Anthony Campbell shares. "Makes me feel like I want to cry sometimes," he said.
He only lives two blocks away and says he's tempted to take security into his own hands.
"When I get off from work at 1 or 2 in the morning, I might make a trip around the campus and make sure that what's left of the school will be maintained."
KFDofficials believe the culprits lighting the fires are kids. Investigators hope to find the suspects soon to prevent any further arson.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911 dispatchers.
( 2016 WBIR)
New Acting U.S. Education Secretary talks to teachers and students in Philadelphia, Jan. 21, 2016.(Photo: Greg Toppo,
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