Detroit Public Schools To Be Corporatized

The push toward the corporatization of the state of Michigan picked up steam as approximately a dozen teachers, teen mothers and their children were arrested in Detroit after staging a peaceful sit-in protest at the Catherine Ferguson Academy. 

The sit-in was organized to protest Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb’s announcement that he was closing the highly successful and unique school for pregnant and parenting teens.  The school provides pre-natal and parenting classes and gives high school student mothers the opportunity to finish their high school degrees by providing on-site child care and other support services.
Catherine Ferguson Academy is just one of the eight schools targeted for closure by the Bobb, who also announced plans to sell up to 45 state schools to charter companies as well.

Despite efforts by parents, students and faculty to meet with Bobb, their pleas were ignored.

And like the move to shut down and privatize the town of Benton Harbor, it is hard to miss the underlying racial hostility and animus in such a move.  It would be one thing if the school were failing–it’s not.  In fact the school boasts a 90% graduation rate and 100% college and higher education acceptance upon graduation.

Instead, it shows that what Michigan Republicans, and indeed Republicans nationwide have decided is that the public is no longer worthy of public funds, let alone support.

photo courtesy of calculat0r via Flickr


David J.
David Johnson6 years ago

Complete INSANITY!!

Charles Y.
Charles Yheaulon6 years ago

To privatize is to secede and should be delt with as such!!!

Susan R.
Susan R.6 years ago

Linda Robinson
Past Member 6 years ago

There is a petition at that can be signed, as well as one at We need one on care2 to sign, too. More attention needs to be focused on the hostile takeover of the State of Michigan. As Rachel Maddow said, Michigan is ground zero in the war against democracy. Search "Catherine Ferguson Academy" and you'll find other ways to help in a positive way. The school is scheduled to close if a charter operator cannot be found by summer. When government fails us, and when government decides that democracy is not our operating system, it's time for the people to act. Michiganians need to rise up and throw off the oppressors. It is nothing less than our freedom that is at stake.

Dee C.
Dee C6 years ago

I just saw this story on "The Rachel Maddow Show" (MSNBC) and then read the few news articles about it. I posted the story to FB page. This situation should make us all weep then is should make us very, very angry. What the radical right doesn't realize is that removing the unions, returning to pre-union labor laws, replacing public education with corporatized education will eviscerate the middle class. The U.S. will be a 2-class country, the poor and the rich -- and that is the essence of a third-world country. The only thing that ever trickled down from the rich is their dirty sewage and trash.

Bev E.
Bev E6 years ago

People should start leaving the state in large numbers before the GOP Marshal Plan decides to close Michigan's borders.

There must be a better way towards helping this state recover than corporaterizing them. Since corporations now only pay approximately 6% in taxes, maybe they should start paying what an actual person pays in their tax category. Then put that tax money toward to state's finances.

Carla E.
Carla Elchesen6 years ago

America: land of the FREE?!?! I don't think so! When corporations, religion and special interest groups are allowed to take over, you no longer have democracy... you have FASCISM. I'm sure these new school "leaders" will be burning all books too (as Nazi Germany did) and dictating what every child should learn (why do I know SCIENCE will be excluded?!), how they should talk and how they should think (CRITICAL thinking or personal OPINIONS need not apply). And what happened to our First Amendment right to "assemble, protest, and petition"?!?! This DICTATORSHIP will to spread to other school districts, then other states if left unchallanged... God, am I glad I graduated in 1977!

Joslynne Davidson

Anne-Marie V: Canada is 5th in the world for education quality, The U S is 40th. Now transfer that to those who hold public office and those who vote for them.

Joslynne Davidson

While everyone was screaming Commies, Socialists, and Lefties, -the Fascists walked in. I think there should be a State wide movement to home school. The American School offers accredited courses by correspondence. As a parent, that is what I would do. Beats the Hitler Youth Camps all to heck.

Send all your 'behavior' kids to the charter schools and just see what happens. Hahaha...

Debbie Wasko
Past Member 6 years ago