State Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo

Thursday, June 2, 2016

LANSING — Michigan House Democrats voted against a House Republican Detroit Public Schools plan tonight that would force the closure of DPS schools, rather than giving them the resources and support they need to recover, while allowing failing charter schools to proliferate without accountability inside the city of Detroit. While the new plan sends more dollars to the district, it fails to put in place the reforms needed to ensure DPS will recover from its...

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

LANSING — Members of the Detroit Caucus voiced concern today regarding the ongoing debate over the direction of Detroit Public Schools, citing the continued refusal to acknowledge Detroit voices as a key failure of the numerous bill packages offered to address issues in the school district. The most recent iteration — a package pushed through by the House Republicans during a late night session in May — has been widely criticized by governmental officials at...

Friday, May 27, 2016

I have spoken often of my deep investment in Detroit Public Schools as a former educator there, witnessing firsthand the years of slow ruin at the hands of state control. I have spoken of my time as a DPS student, of my memories there, the pride in the woman it made me. I have spoken of my son, who is a DPS student, and my experience as a parent watching him navigate the convoluted, strangled...

Monday, May 2, 2016

                “We have learned that the debt of Detroit Public Schools is in excess of $800 million, and it is imperative, now more than ever, that an audit be conducted of DPS from 1999 through the present to find out exactly what happened. While we were unaware of the union’s decision to stage a sickout today, the fear and anger of our teachers is rising, and it will...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

“While I am pleased to see that incremental progress was made for education in the state, overall, the school budget as offered mishandled significant issues, or left them off the table altogether. All children deserve a quality education, yet rather than seeing a focus on fixing the infrastructure of brick-and-mortar school buildings, equal amounts of funding are being allocated to traditional and cyber schools alike, putting the majority of children who attend traditional schools at...

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