THE HIDDEN VOICES: Within The Detroit Public School System

Some parents of the Detroit Public Schools feel their children’s pressure of their fight to keep the chosen schools for closures open, for their children’s educational journey.

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Gompers Elementary-Middle School at 14450 Burt Rd., Detroit, Michigan, faces closing its doors June 2017 for failing M-STEP scores, three years in a row.  This 21 million dollar school was built to replace three older schools, including the first Samuel Gompers Elementary School.  Photo By: Cynthia Gladden

State testing used to measure the academic growth of school-age children is the Michigan Student Test of Educational Performance test, also known as the M-STEP test.

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Heaven Young is a fifth grader at Gompers Elementary Middle School.  Photo by: Cynthia Gladden

Heaven Young, a fifth grader at Gompers Elementary-Middle School, has finished her testing and says “I’m glad it’s over with because I feel like a lot of pressure is put on us kids to keep the school open.”

A group of parents is speaking out against the testing of their children.  These parents have opted their children out of the M-STEP test, which shifts the responsibility of the failed test scores in the educational process of teaching within the schools, as 95% of the children within the failing schools are expected to be tested, or the school will be sanctioned by the State of Michigan.

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