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Lucy Barnable

Detroit high school grads to get tuition-free college

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Detroit students who graduate from any high school in the city — public, charter or private — will be guaranteed two tuition-free years of community college under a program Detroit leaders unveiled today.

The Detroit Promise will pay for tuition costs not covered by grants and other scholarships students receive, and they’ll be able to attend five Detroit-area community colleges.

“We are making a promise to every single child who graduates from a high school in the City of Detroit that you will have your first two years of college paid for,” Mayor Mike Duggan said. “We’re going to build from here to the point where we’re ultimately going to raise money so it can be four years, but today it’s two years.”
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Under state rules, the first two years of promise zones must be funded through philanthropy. Beginning in 2018, the Detroit Promise will be funded by increases in property tax revenue based on the 6 mills of the State Education Tax; the program will capture half of any increase in property tax revenue from the SET, officials said.

Based on projections, Duggan said the SET is expected to raise $4 million a year by 2025.

http://www.freep.com/story/news/education/2016/03/22/duggan-backs-bills-dps-plans-education-initiative/82115622/

This should help to up the graduation rate which is only about 65% but will it help with the illiteracy rate which is about 47% of adults?

Literacy woes hamstring Detroit’s revival

“It’s a crisis,” said Margaret Williamson, executive director of Pro-Literacy Detroit.

Williamson is convinced that a big reason so many adults are illiterate is that too many Detroit Public Schools use “social programming” to pass them from one grade to the next, regardless of their reading and writing skills.

“We have high school graduates in here who can’t read their diploma,” she said.
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The problem has gotten worse in recent years, Anderson said, noting: “Older people continue not to get the help that they need and too many young people are not completing their education or they are being mis-educated in our school systems.”

http://bridgemi.com/2011/11/literacy-woes-hamstring-detroits-revival/

Only 7% of Detroit Public-School 8th Graders Proficient in Reading

Detroit public-school eighth graders do even worse in math than they do in reading, according to the Department of Education. While only 7 percentscored highly enough on the department’s National Assessment of Educational Progress test in 2011 to be rated “proficient” or better in reading, only 4 percent scored highly enough to be rated “proficient” or better in math.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/only-7-detroit-public-school-8th-graders-proficient-reading

Next years Detroit Free Press Headline:

Detroit Community Colleges promise passing grades for all!

 

 

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Sweet!!  I like the idea, something positive for a change.  The Motor City may yet rise from the ashes. 

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1 minute ago, Full Throttle said:

Sweet!!  I like the idea, something positive for a change.  The Motor City may yet rise from the ashes. 

Sounds good. But property taxes suck.

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10 minutes ago, Full Throttle said:

Sweet!!  I like the idea, something positive for a change.  The Motor City may yet rise from the ashes. 

I have mixed feelings.
On the one hand it will give kids incentive to complete high school and hope which they desperately need.
On the other hand it's another entitlement which is a big part of the problem in Detroit and other places like it. 

10 minutes ago, VonLud said:

Sounds good. But property taxes suck.

Detroit is the murder capitol of the US and they can't afford to hire more police officers. 
The city can't even afford to keep all the street lights on and the residents can't afford to pay their water bills.
This could be a set up for failure which would be devastating to kids who already struggle to survive day in day out.
But... it might encourage more people to move back into the city and start caring about their community.

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58 minutes ago, Lucy Barnable said:

Only 7% of Detroit Public-School 8th Graders Proficient in Reading

Great! Forget SAT scores just sent them to college for free two year ride. Then what? Will the students be motivated to continue on their own dime?

BTW, tuition has increased up to 150% in the last 8 years.

Result: Taxpayers screwed and colleges have more federal funds to play the stock market.

They could send them to trade schools but the end result is the same...no jobs available when they graduate but at least they might have some sort of skill above street thug.

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Detroit is a microcosm of the United States. Everyone wants stuff but someone has to pay for it all.

The people with real money find a way around the taxes and that leaves it to the middle class.

Those that can get out, do so. And there you have urban sprawl and inner city decay.

The only thing holding up California is good weather.

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13 minutes ago, YourMom2 said:

They could send them to trade schools but the end result is the same...no jobs available when they graduate but at least they might have some sort of skill above street thug.

It will be interesting to see if the drop out rates go down and if crime rates go down with it.
Now that they're entitled to an associates degree will they be entitled to a government job?

Detroit aims to cut unemployment

But one of the more startling findings of the study by JP Morgan Chase and the Ann Arbor-based Corporation for a Skilled Workforce is just how deeply Detroit lags other cities in the number of jobs available compared to its population.

Detroit, with a population around 680,000, has 258,000 jobs within its borders, the study found. That compares with Atlanta, a city with about 448,000 people but more than 818,000 jobs in the central city.
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Among other findings:

About 53% of Detroiters ages 16-64 are employed, far lower than the national average of 75%. The city has 168,000 people who are not in the labor force, for reasons including lack of education and training.

Nearly two-thirds of Detroiters commute to jobs outside the city. And nearly 75% of jobs within the city are held by people who live outside Detroit.

More than half of Detroiters have only a high school diploma or GED, while 62% of jobs require training, apprenticeships or 2-year or 4-year degrees.

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2016/01/16/detroit-aims-cut-unemployment/78858112/

 

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21 minutes ago, VonLud said:

Detroit is a microcosm of the United States. Everyone wants stuff but someone has to pay for it all.

The people with real money find a way around the taxes and that leaves it to the middle class.

Those that can get out, do so. And there you have urban sprawl and inner city decay.

The only thing holding up California is good weather.

I don't think Detroit has much of a middle class.
Everyone who was able to get out left long ago.

Detroit has half the median income, three times the poverty rate of nation, new Census numbers show

Median household income in the city dropped to $25,193 in 2011, according to the new figures.

That number dropped each year since 2007, when it was $30,412.

The nationwide median household income was more than twice Detroit's, at $50,502.
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In other notable findings from the survey, 77.4 percent of Detroit residents over 25 years old have completed high school, compared to 85.9 percent nationwide. And 13 percent over 25 in Detroit hold bachelor's degrees, compared to 28.5 percent in the U.S.

http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2012/09/detroit_has_half_the_median_in.html

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I bet this will attract more Muslim immigrants to the area.

Islam in Metro Detroit

In the 2000s a Bengali mosque in Hamtramck named the Al-Islah Jamee Masjid wanted permission to broadcast the adhan, the Islamic call to prayer, from loudspeakers outside of the mosque and requested this permission from the city government. It was one of the newer mosques in Hamtramck. Sally Howell, author of "Competing for Muslims: New Strategies for Urban Renewal in Detroit", wrote that the request "brought to a head simmering Islamophobic sentiments" in Hamtramck.[5] Muslims and interfaith activists supported the mosque. Some anti-Muslim activists, including some from other states including Kentucky and Ohio, participated in the controversy.[5] Howell added that the controversy, through an "international media storm", gave "a cathartic test of the "freedoms" we were said to be "fighting for" in Afghanistan and Iraq" to the remainder of the United States.[5] In 2004 the city council voted unanimously to allow mosques to broadcast the adhan on public streets, making it one of the few U.S. cities to allow this to occur. Some individuals had strongly objected to the allowing of the adhan.[6]

In 2013 the city council of Hamtramck became the first in the U.S. that was Muslim majority.[7][8]

By 2015 many Muslim women in the Detroit area asked to be able to wear hijab in public places and in any identification photographs. Several municipalities are having to determine how to deal with producing identification photographs of Muslim women who are under arrest.[9]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_Metro_Detroit

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