Since the state’s takeover of the public school system seven years ago, debts are now $515 million and rising across the city’s 97 schools. Enrollment is at an all-time low and the performance of remaining students is the poorest in the nation.
Sadly, many teachers have quit or organized a sick-out last week for two days urging officials to fix the system and hazardous conditions.
Using the hashtag #SupportDPSTeachers, Twitter brought mushrooms, black mold, and other school damages to the forefront.
Lakia Wilson, a school counselor at Spain Elementary School, gave a heartbreaking tour to The American Federation of Teachers, unveiling warped gym floors and exposed pipes. The school’s music program also came to a halt after the administration fired their music teacher; meanwhile, the library only holds a limited number of books.
After teaching at Spain for 19 years, the veteran educator said she’s not prepared to give up on her students.
“The community is being let down and sold out,” Wilson said.
Things weren’t always as they are now, she says. She remembers when the halls bustled with 1,400 students. They went to orchestra, band, art, drama or computer class. Now there are only one-third that number.
“I love these kids, I love them. I love their families. I’ve taught them; many of their parents were my students.” Wilson says.”I’m committed to them.”
But she says they are being left behind and exposed to what she believes to be dangerous elements in the school. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration has an open investigation into the conditions there.
Many have blamed Governor Rick Snyder for the slow progress in rebuilding schools. Mayor Mike Duggan said he plans to speak with Snyder about the “deeply disturbing” images he saw during his tour of the DPS schools last week.
Educators say efforts to improve the conditions have only begun due to media attention and photos posted online.
21 Of President Barack Obama's Best Photos Of 2015
1. JANUARY: President Obama delivers the State of the Union address with the support of vice president Joe Biden. Obama gained mass support after his joke about winning both terms.Source:Getty 1 of 10
2. APRIL: President Obama arrives in Jamaica to meet with the 15-member Caribbean Community. His trip marked a first for the sitting president and second since the country's independence.Source:Getty 2 of 10
3. JUNE: President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are seen talking during the president's trip to the G7Summit in Bavaria, Germany.Source:Getty 3 of 10
4. JUNE: President Obama sings "Amazing Grace" during the eulogy for South Carolina state senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney during Pinckney's funeral service. Clementa was one of the nine victims who died after suspected shooter Dylann Roof entered the AME church and opened fire.Source:Getty 4 of 10
5. SEPTEMBER: President Obama is featured on the popular show "Running Wild With Bear Grylls." Obama took the trip to highlight the importance of climate control.Source:Getty 5 of 10
6. SEPTEMBER: The First Couple serve as "love goals" at the White House's state dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan. Obama and Xi announced an agreement on controlling climate change and a mutual outlook on cyber security.Source:Getty 6 of 10
7. OCTOBER: President Obama meets with Ahmed Mohamed, the student who was detained by Texas police for his homemade clock. The president stood by the teen, who many believe was the victim of Islamophobia.Source:Getty 7 of 10
8. NOVEMBER: President Obama issues a warning to his critics who "pop off" at his policies towards Syrian refugees. Speaking at the OP 21 United Nations conference on climate change, Obama welcomed his Republican critics to the White House to lay down their own policies. No one has responded.Source:Getty 8 of 10
9. DECEMBER: President Obama addresses the public from the Oval Office regarding the San Bernardino shooting.Source:Getty 9 of 10
10. DECEMBER: All grown up! The First Family, including Obama's mother-in-law Marian Robinson, is seen at the White House's national Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 2.Source:Getty 10 of 10
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