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Panel Recommends State Must Assume Some Of Detroit Schools’ Debt

A coalition studying how to fix the education system in Detroit today made sweeping recommendations, including the creation of a Detroit Education Commission that would oversee the opening and closing of all schools in the city and whose members would be appointed by Mayor Mike Duggan.

The recommendations from the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren also call on the state to assume some of the massive debt of Detroit Public Schools, end emergency management of the district and restore control to an elected school board, return all the schools in the Education Achievement Authority to DPS, and create a common enrollment system for both traditional public schools and charter schools.

“The system is broken,” said Tonya Allen, president and CEO of the Skillman Foundation and one of the five co-chairs of the coalition. “Our children and our educators are not broken in these schools.”