Community hopeful after creation of education coalition in Detroit

Posted by: Amelia on 12/17/2014

Ponsella Hardaway, executive director of Detroit affilitate, MOSES, is one of 31 members of the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren - Photo by Paul Engstrom, The Skillman Foundation

Ponsella Hardaway, executive director of Detroit affiliate MOSES, is one of 31 members of a new coalition announced December 11 to explore solutions for problems facing Detroit’s Public School System.

“We’re not naïve and we don’t believe that this will be solved overnight, but we believe everybody has a role in this,” Coalition co-chair, Reverend Wendell Anthony told The Detroit Free Press. 

The Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren is 31 business, civic, and education leaders who have pledged to present thoughtful and effective recommendations to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan in three months.

“One of the things I like [about the coalition] in particular though: it’s a community conversation” Snyder told reporters.

According to the Skillman Foundation, the Coalition includes business leaders, education reform activists, parent leaders, teachers, principals, and union representatives. The Coalition’s work will primarily focus on the city’s charter sector, Detroit Public Schools, and the Education Achievement Authority. In addition, its members will examine how the city’s fragmented school systems impact student outcomes and efficiency in operations, and are committed to exploring and learning from education experts from Detroit and across the nation to find the best solutions.

The Coalition will meet with members of the community to discuss everything from academics to financials. Since the city’s official emergence from bankruptcy on December 10, more and more community members have turned their attention towards the education system, which has been facing falling enrollment, corruption, and a mounting deficit for years. 

--Amelia Sisk

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