Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's plan: Fix education for all kids
The fate of a proposed commission that would oversee Detroit schools may hinge on Mayor Mike Duggan's ability to win over charter operators in the city.
The issue is expected to come to a head today. Duggan has asked charter operators who support the plan to show up for a morning news conference to provide a counterpoint to what he says is increasingly "nasty and vicious" rhetoric from charter advocacy groups that have fiercely lobbied against the commission.
The proposed Detroit Education Commission is part of a $715-million legislative fix for the collapsing Detroit Public Schools. Opponents of the DEC and several key charter advocacy groups say the DEC would favor DPS over charters and take choice away from parents in the city.