Detroit Schools

Proclaiming that she “fell out of the grace of God,” a Detroit public schools principal this week pleaded guilty to accepting $194,000 in kickbacks from a vendor, reports the Detroit Free Press. But Clara Smith, 67, principal at Thirkell Elementary-Middle School, said the scam to submit phony invoices for rarely delivered supplies was the idea of the […]

On Monday in Detroit, Mich., a so-called "sickout" left nearly two-thirds of the city's public school system closed as teachers instead rallied together to address health and safety concerns.

Just weeks after approving a new city charter, Detroiters got some more good news: The Detroit public school system is showing its first budget surplus since 2007, due in part to spending cuts and federal aid. The Detroit News reports: After years of ever-growing deficits, Detroit Public Schools broke into the black during the past […]

DETROIT- The manager for the Detroit Public Schools has sent layoff notices to all of the district’s 5,466 unionized employees to solve their financial emergency .

The recent donation by Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg of $100 million to Newark’s struggling schools stands in sharp contrast to a similar offer to another downtrodden city that, nearly a decade ago, decided to turn down a donation double that of Zuckerberg’s.

DETROIT – The night Demarco Harris shot and killed a woman during a robbery on a Detroit street, his parents told police knocking on their door at 2 a.m. they didn’t know where their 12-year-old was.

From CNN: Detroit, Michigan — Forty-four Detroit schools and one administrative building will close in June under a $1 billion plan unveiled Wednesday by the city school district’s emergency financial manager.