Some students skip DPS classes, go to ‘Freedom School’

By Shawn D. Lewis

February 10, 2016

Chrishawna Jefferson, 14, is in the eighth-grade at Paul Robeson-Malcolm X Academy.

“I’m here today because Gov. Rick Snyder is trying to destroy students by telling lies,” she said. “We have to fight for what is right.”

Eban Morales of Highland Park brought his son Wisdom Daniel Morales, 10, a fifth-grader at the Academy of the Americas in southwest Detroit. Morales said he drives his son to school every day and picks him up because there are no schools for his son to attend in Highland Park.

The district was turned over to a charter operator several years ago.

“My son has to attend school in Detroit because I had no choice,” said Morales. “We tried to fight against the emergency manager in Highland Park but he destroyed the whole school district. They have not been kind to people in the cities. We must stand up for the people in Detroit because Highland Park already is lost”….

Today is the launch of an idea, a plan to create a network of Freedom Schools throughout the city to respond to the lack of education going on in our schools today,” said Gloria House, a professor emeritus of African American studies from Wayne State University and the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

“We want to establish them after school and on Saturdays,” she said.