The Unheard Voices


The failing schools in the Detroit Public School Community District (DPSCD) are urged to enter into a partnership agreement with the State of Michigan to avoid school closures in June 2017. The partnership will also involve the schools procuring the aid of other partners to further help improve the schools that are deemed critical, awaiting the fate of the 2017, Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-Step).

School districts have 60 days to reach a deal with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). Some districts have already shown an interest and have contacted the Michigan Superintendent, Brian Whiston.

Heaven Young a student at Gompers Elementary Middle School, states that she has been a student at the Gompers site since Pre-School. Gompers is the school where her educational process began, and she hopes to graduate 8th grade from Gompers in June 2020. Heaven says she understands the process of the testing and hopes for the best in a classroom that houses 41-42 students, per one teacher.

$21.4 million Gompers Elementary Middle School, 14450 Burt Rd,. Detroit, MI 48223, faces being closed after three years of failing the M-Step test. Photo by: Cynthia Gladden

The children’s, educational outcome rely on enough children passing the M-Step test per school district. Considering the over crowded classrooms, prepping for the test is not going to be an easy job for the teachers, of Detroit. According to Heaven, the children will take the Manning Early Access Program (MEAP), test first to measure the success of advancement in grade level. The results of this test usually are graded and sent back to teachers within 48 hours. The M-step test will follow for overall school performance of the students measured by the State of Michigan’s guidelines for growth in performance.

The students who work hard at being good students, voices need to be heard. This not just a about a one student problem, it’s about all of the students who want to learn, and they are the ones who really suffer from the massive amount schools that have closed over the years in Detroit, since it’s decline.

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