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Detroit Young Urban Vote Needs You [09 Mar 2007|05:16pm]

Detroit Young Urban Vote (YUV) is looking for young, politically conscious individuals who want to affect a positive change in our community. Get Active! Check us out at:

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More on the "I am DPS" ad campaign. [11 Mar 2005|03:35pm]

Detroit Schools pays ex-con for PR drive: He lacks training but made 568K

Also, 200 Detroit teachers to go in April due to untimely early retirement deal.
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"I am DPS." [10 Mar 2005|03:33pm]

Are DPS ad campaigns a necessity or failure?
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Sobriety Tests Are Becoming Part of the School Day [03 Mar 2005|07:26pm]

I saw this article in the NYT about New York schools. I guess I just want to ask is alcohol a big problem in Detroit Public Schools now? I don't remember it being that way... I always thought of it as a problem more prevelent in White schools, like cigarettes. Not to say Black kids in DPS don't do other stuff (smoke pot, have sex in the bathrooms etc...) If it is/were a problem, how would you feel about these types of measures being taken?


AST HAMPTON, N.Y. - For years, schools across the country have deployed breath analyzers at proms, pep rallies and other after-school events to catch students who arrived drunk or smuggled in alcohol.

After some resistance and fevered debate, student advocates and even lawyers gradually came to accept that schools were within their rights to use every means to ensure that students were not toting six-packs and liquor bottles to after-school, night and weekend events.

Quietly though, a few districts around the country, from Indiana to Connecticut to Long Island, have begun to integrate breath-testing devices into the regular school day, a move that adds a new wrinkle to the ongoing struggle between students' privacy rights and a school's duty to limit drug and alcohol abuse.

Schools say they need to ensure that no students are drinking in class. Civil rights lawyers worry that high school students pulled out of class and forced to take a breath-alcohol test could be unfairly stigmatized for goofy or strange behavior.

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Detroit School of Arts Opens With High Hopes [01 Mar 2005|02:30pm]

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Read about it here.

Apparently this is the school that replaces CMA and DSA. I think that it's clearly more of a replacement for DSA, however (why else would you need to audition in order to gain admission?)

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Hello [22 Feb 2005|11:01am]

I just wanted to say hello. I graduated from King High School (CISC) in 1997. I'm not living in Detroit now but I am really interested in what's going on there... Sounds like things are a real mess...
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In The News [18 Feb 2005|03:31pm]

In an effort to keep students in the city, DPS is no longer issuing waivers for students to attend in other districts. You needed an official waiver??? I always thought you just used your mom's friend's address in Southfield.

Detroiters get to vote for school board representatives, but districts must be re-drawn because of population decrease and resultant school closings. Do your parents vote? If they do, is it an informed vote? Will it be informed in light of the current circumstances? One can only hope.
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In June, Detroit to shut down 34 schools: Another 60-75 buildings to be closed in 3 yrs [17 Feb 2005|12:43pm]

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I suppose the school closings are worth talking about (just in case this community isn't completely dead).

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hey [14 Jul 2004|11:03pm]

I used to go to DPS in elementary. I was wondering if there is anyone in this community who went to George Washington Carver Elementary during the years 1994-2001.

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[18 Jan 2004|09:35am]

My little brother couldn't quite cut it Henry Ford. A week ago, he was suspended for unexcused absences and has decided not to go back. He will be starting at a 'reform' (I forgot the word he actually used) school this coming Monday. He hopes to gain enough credits to graduate on time (2005). He surely wouldn't graduate on time were he to continue at HF because the failed classes just keep adding up and he hasn't gone to summer school in two years. The reform school appearantly gives more credits for certain classes than HF would. This school is located on the north side of Eight Mile between Southfield and Northland Drive. I had no idea there was anything open and operating on that strip, other than the credit union.

How did this happen to my brother? He's always dressed in the hottest "gear", and he gets all the pretty girls' "digits" at the skating rink... but he can't seem to find his way to class. Coincidentally, he recently started working at Popeye's Chicken 20-25 hours/week. I bet he always shows up for work. If he didn't, that would mean he'd get fired, and getting fired means no more "bling-bling".

As a new mother, I'm finding that if there's undesireable behavior in my children, it's usually because they've picked up the behavior directly from me. For example, when two year-old Georgie says, "Fuck that!" It's because he just heard me or his father (or the tv we let him watch) say it. Somewhere down the line my parents have neglected my brother. It's not all their fault though. A school system that suspends kids for not showing up is probably due a fare share of blame.
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[07 Aug 2003|01:42am]

Hi! I got to Cma Highschool. I'm not the best student. (average) Anywho, I just stopped in to mention how my school is... 'horrible'.

See, I failed a class or two this year. Last year I failed another one, but I took it last year in summer school. Since my science teacher left for some reason they don't think I was int he science class I was in, so they said the class I took in summer school didn't count.

But it did. I made up my other classes, no problem. So now i'm not sure if they'll let me back in. My mom calls up there to talk with Mrs. Grey and what do they say?

'She won't be back until the week before schools sarts. She'll speak with parents then'

Ok lady. Listen. If you tell me the week before school starts that I can't come back-what do I do?

Oh and the 1st day of school is a full day. That sucks.

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Affirmative Overreaction [14 Jul 2003|11:22pm]

DPS students were cited in this editorial entitled "Affirmative Overreaction" in The Michigan Daily this week (in case anyone is wondering, the title of the newspaper is not a misnomer, but this University of Michigan student newspaper is published only weekly during the summer). Although I only gave the article a cursory reading and its main idea seems to be to criticize BAMN's (a controversial student group who supports Aff. Action "by any means necessary") leadership and their refusal to let Ward Connerly, an African American anti-AA activist, speak without interruption on the U's campus, the performance of DPS students on standardized exams have often been a hot topic in the suits brought against the U to end AA. The article states that many DPS students are recruited by BAMN to march in pro-AA rallies, and sort of implies that their sentiment is lost due to the group's antagonizing tactics. Soooooo:

What are your thoughts on AA?

Do DPS students need it?

How long?

What can students do to increase scores?

If you've marched, why?

Feel free to answer any of these questions.

As for me, I have a very conflicted view. Although I'm a recent UM grad and a current law student, I've never participated in any of BAMN's events. I've spoken with some of its leaders on occasion, but to be honest, I just didn't think the AA battle warranted protest rallies (at least not at the early stages of its criticism). Obviously, the courts would eventually decide the program's fate, which it has now done. And obviously the program is only a bandaid for deficiencies at the elementary and secondary school levels. Instead of hating "the man," I hated how students, often short-changed themselves. I hated how DPS teachers didn't teach shit, or taught the same remedial shit every year because 1) most of the students didn't listen the year prior, or 2) the teacher assumed the students didn't listen the year prior, or 3) they just didn't have any faith that we'd be able to handle the information. I'm not talking about the desperately poor students who have a hard time getting one meal a day (AA rarely, if ever, helps these students.) I'm talking about the students who choose to do their homework but don't realize until it's too late that they're being presented the most minimally-challenging education possible; or the students who choose not to do their homework, are well-fed and clothed, but hold the other students back because the teachers judge the entire class based on this attitude. I'm also talking about the teachers that I both hate and love because it's a human tendency not to want to do more work than you have to, forgetting that
I'll pay in the end. If BAMN wants to help, BAMN needs to get students marching in the city. This would send a message to DPS teachers and admin that students are willing to do everything in their power to prepare themselves for higher education-- which brings another question to mind. Are you current DPS students willing to do the work now or would you rather play catch-up later?

I realize this problem is far from easily solved, but it breaks my heart to see that my friends and relatives in Detroit are not getting the education they deserve. It also pisses me off that I didn't. All I can say is, please put in the work because it's a cold day when the university has to justify holding underrepresented minority students to lower standards because it benefits the entire campus. Diversity is great, but as an individual, you want to be more than a qualified diversity-admit; you want to look in the mirror and know that you worked your ass off the entire way up, despite the deficiencies in your environment. I think AA is justified for the hard-working students that are inevitably short-changed by a variety of uncontrollable factors. However, I'd much prefer that the problem be simultaneously attacked at the elementary and secondary school levels. I'm sure they're doing "something" but whatever it is, it isn't enough.

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does anything ever go on here? [14 Jul 2003|09:39pm]

Someone used the anonymous comment function (located on the user info page) to pose the following question: "does anything ever go one here?"

In short, no. Most of the members of this group are alumni who, not only know each other in real life, but also congregate with each other regularly. As a result, it's easier for us to discuss related concerns in other mediums. Be that as it may, as this reality doesn't encourage discussion in this community, a few of us will make an attempt to provoke more conversation in this journal.
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Welcome [20 Apr 2003|01:37pm]

As stated on the community info page:

This journal is for alumni and students of Detroit Public Schools. If you're out there, join, interact, and give back. If you're concerned about the DPS community and you want to keep up to date about relevant issues, this is the place for you.

·Lend advice to current DPS students.
·Keep others up to date on DPS issues.
·Discuss DPS politics.
·Catch up with other alumni.

Current Students
·Let us know what issues are relevant to you.
·Speak Out.
·Seek Refuge.
·Meet other students who may be dealing with the same issues you are.
·Meet people who've made it through.

A moderator contact form is available on the community info page to permit less inhibited discussion topics. If you want to discuss a controversial issue, or are simply uncomfortable introducing a particular topic, the form permits anonymous requests and suggestions. Unpopular replies/comments can be posted anonymously, which may not remain a permanent function as community membership grows.

Not a livejournal member, but still interested...
If you're not a member of livejournal, and would like more information on how to join the livejournal community, express interest here, using the comment function (unregistered users may comment anonymously). Other DPS community members may have available invite codes.

If you're not interested in obtaining a livejournal, but would still like to participate, feel free to make repeated use of the anonymous comment function. If you'd like to introduce a new topic, use the moderator contact form located on the community info page. A moderator will introduce it within a 48 hour period.

Welcome to the community!
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