Chances missed to save DPS
by Dr. John Telford
There have been FIVE KEY MOMENTS when the state’s destruction of the Detroit Public Schools could have been prevented. The FIRST KEY MOMENT, of course, was when then-Governor John Engler decided to take DPS over in 1999. At that time, DPS enjoyed a $100-million surplus and its student test scores were at the state midpoint and rising under Superintendent Eddie Green. DPS students were outscoring suburban neighbors despite our poverty-induced problems which don’t exist in Birmingham or Grosse Pointe. Had someone been able to talk Lansing’s Republican government out of that unwarranted 1999 takeover, we’d be thriving today.