I do not see any reason why Carol Banks should not be elected on August 5, 2008. She has embraced the Covenant for Detroit. She is one tough woman who seems to have a love for educational choices in the City of Detroit. Recently, Carol came to my church on the far east side of Detroit in her district. While many politicians would never come back after making their little speech Carol reminded us that she is not a politician but a stateswoman.
Our primary goal in this district 3 race is to get rid of the Joke of A Lawmaker, State Representative Bettie Cook Scott. This woman has been running for office since 1974. When she finally wins the seat on default she turns right around and introduces this bill.
Introduced 2008 House Bill 5765 to reduce from 100,000 to 75,000 the number of students that qualify a school district as a “school district of the first class.” Detroit is the only such district, which is a statutory device to allow the Detroit School District to be exempted from a variety of regulations that apply to other districts, and receive special treatment in other ways.
This bill is compared to rape or molestation for those who are seeking educational freedom. Over 80% of parents want more charters for their children in Detroit. I repeat, over 80%.
And why did she miss 117 votes after running for office since 1974?
Every single charter advocate want her out of office THIS YEAR for introducing that bill. All of us want her to be gone. Not to mention that the bi-polar effect has taken a turn for the worst in her judgement making her public enemy #1 when it comes to the charter school issue in Michigan.
Everyone wants her gone. This entire network and its charter advocates are working to wish Bettie Cook Scott well for trying to obstruct justice for our children in Detroit. Rep. Scott would rather have the language in the first class school district reworded to continue a ban on charter schools in Detroit.
She has caused a serious educational civil war in the City of Detroit. Opponents of charter schools feel that charters would lead to privatizing. Nothing is further from the truth. These same opponents do not even have a clue on how to transform the failing school district without a handout from state and federal government. Detroit Public Schools do not need a handout. The reason? Their budget is set at $1.4 billion dollars, yet, can only graduate 24% of their students on time. 76% have dropped out and are in the streets.
Charters on the other hand receive $2,300 LESS per pupil than DPS students and are safer and more accountable than their conventional counterparts.
Now the first class district provision is in SB 1107 (the School Aid Bill) which will allow $15 million more dollars to come into the failing school district. If Cook-Scott wanted to protect Detroit then her bill should make the first-class designation conditional on lifting the cap on public charter schools in Detroit. While schools like KIPP and Green Dot have expressed an interest in coming to Detroit. they can't because by state law there are strict limits on the number of university chartered schools that can be opened to 150 statewide. Even when I call to ask about additional charters the authorizers always tell me if you can convince Lansing to lift the cap off charter schools then they will be gladly to service our children in Detroit.
In District 3 alone, almost two-thirds of the children in Cook-Scott's district's are being cheated of an education. Yet, Rep. Scott wants to keep our babies on a degenerated academic plantation.
Carol Banks understand this crisis. She know first hand how every charter school in the city has a waiting list. She knows that a move is necessary from the Legislature to lift the cap and free these children from institutions of failure. This is why we are religiously behind someone who is fighting for freedom.
Does Rep. Scott understand that parents have responded in her district and the city as a whole by pulling their children out of Detroit Public Schools at the rate of about 10,000 per year? The district has lost 67,000 students since fall 2000, and more than 33,000 students who live in the city attend charter schools.
If the Detroit Delegation in Lansing wants to get behind this bill (or has gotten behind this bill) then they will have to ask questions to those who want more educational choices in their respective districts. The depopulation of the Detroit school district is a direct result of the decades-long failure of the district to offer students a high-quality education. Frustrated parents are choosing private schools and charters or are leaving the city for the suburbs in search of better schools for their children.
The rest of the pack who supported this insane bill:
LaMar Lemmons, Virgil Smith, Shanelle Jackson, Coleman Young, Bert Johnson, George Cushingberry, Gabe Leland, Gino Polidori, Morris Hood
I find it strange how Gino Polidori was used as the token White guy to support this bill when his own school district in Dearborn is no better.
The strangest thing about the Detroit Delegation getting behind someone as looney as Cook-Scott is that there are failing schools in ALL of their districts (with the exception of a few).
Gabe Leland is my State Representative in District 10 and Vetal Middle School should have been closed years ago. Not to mention that Cody High School has a high level of lesbian gangs and drug warlords at the school.
Redford High School closed on Shanelle Jackson's watch. She could not even save the school she graduated from. Now there is a serious gang problem at Henry Ford H.S. in her district due to the Redford closing and the Henry Ford combined population.
Pershing High School is a failed high school that Bert Johnson represents. Most of the children who are kicked out of Pershing go to the other failing high school in Johnson's district (Highland Park High School).
Virgil Smith has several failing Detroit public schools in his district.
Coleman Young represents King High School. This is the same school whose band is going to the 2008 Olympics in China but also the center of declining test scores, students dying from seizures after being jumped on and mothers stabbing other people's children.
Morris Hood III had Mackenzie High School close on his watch. It did not matter because Mackenzie, like the rest, was a failing high school.
George Cushingberry proposed this insane bill:
Introduced HB 4752 on May 15, 2007, to authorize salaries for Detroit School Board members equal to 90 percent of what Wayne County Commission members are paid, plus a pension benefit equal to 90 percent of commissioners’ pension. Commissioners get an annual salary of $68,767.
Yet, Cushingberry represents Renaissance High School, the top school in Detroit (where the only way you can get in the school is by way of an entrance examination) as well as one of the most unsafe schools in the city, Cooley High School. So if I do not get into Renaissance I am stuck at Cooley where I might die at any time or go to Mumford High School in Cushngberry's district. Mumford is the Gay and Lesbian capital of the Detroit Public School System. 1 out of 3 girls are lesbians at Mumford (the same school School Board member and State Representative candidate Jimmy Womack's daughters graduated from).
LaMar Lemmons represents Denby H.S. where someone was shot a few months ago. Denby's math scores are only 7%.
And look what Bettie Cook Scott deals with. Finney H.S. and Southeastern H.S.
Finney High School 2007 Reading and Math Proficiency
Southeastern High School 2007 Reading and Math Proficiency
What's worse is how come NO ONE in the Detroit Delegation suggest to the Detroit Public Schools to charter their own schools? After all DPS have a charter school office. So they are NOT against charter schools because they charter 5 schools right now in the City of Detroit. This goes to show you that we need to start replacing lawmakers from Detroit starting with Bettie Cook Scott and work our way down the list.
Even Rochelle Riley of the Detroit Free Press is fed up with Detroit Public Schools:
This is DPS -- it's over. Done. Stick a fork in it. Jesus Christ himself would have his hands full with that cesspool of failure, corruption and incompetence.
Continuing its special funding status without asking for reforms will only postpone the district's inevitable collapse.
Lowering the first-class threshold should be used as an incentive for Detroit Public Schools to agree to substantial measures to improve the educational opportunities for the city's children.Let's pitch in and vote for Carol Banks for District 3 in August. Show the Joke of a Lawmaker the door for good.