Friday, October 21, 2016

NY Times op-ed on "unconstitutional" Detroit schools omits corruption, lack of school choice

Gymnasium in an abandoned
Detroit school
In a New York Times op-ed on what a University of Chicago law professor, Geoffrey R. Stone, claims may be unconstitutional public schools in Detroit. Conveniently left out of his unbalanced analysis is any mention of incompetent management and rampant corruption in Michigan's largest city that reaches down individual schools. For instance over a dozen DPS principals were recently caught accepting kickbacks from a vendor, these bribes totaled well-over two million dollars that was supposed to be for-the-kids.

And what about the bribes we don't know about? This kickback scheme likely wasn't an isolated occurrence.

There is no mention of school choice in Stone's treatise; the best way out of a failed school system is the opportunity for students to leave it. Nor is personal responsibility--Detroit parents, I'm looking at you--discussed by Stone.

From my post at Da Tech Guy:

I walked its streets--the tragedy of Detroit

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