Our public school system in Detroit has a lot of needs. Not just for the district itself, but as a lot of families don’t have money, a lot of programs that kids in the suburbs just do? Well, they don’t in Detroit.
Like travel and fees to robotics competitions, for instance. Often in the suburbs, parents pick that up. In Detroit, often, the families don’t have the money.
Here’s some context. The median household income in the city of Detroit is less than $30,000 a year. Statewide, it’s nearly $55,000. It’s not just about what the district itself gets per student in state funding, but the impact of poverty on families and educational outcomes.
Mix that with all of the other challenges big city districts have here in Detroit and around the country and there’s a lot to deal with.
So my conversation today is with Pamela Moore.
She’s the president of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, a non-profit that works to raise money and give grants to the Detroit Public Schools Community District and non-profit organizations that provide programming to Detroit students.
Link to DPS Foundation: http://www.dpsfdn.org
Also on the show:
I-75 is gonna be a hot mess
Detroit’s DDOT might be getting a new bus line (26 – Junction)
The Gold Dollar is no more
Popular noodle shop Ima is adding another location (First reported Freep)
And a sheep was recorded on Detroit’s east side. Yes, a sheep. Video, where he calls it a Llama: https://www.facebook.com/wxyzdetroit/videos/953151331704115/