Among Detroit’s many problems: a public school system so deep in debt that last year, the state took it over. Michigan’s governor hired Robert Bobb, a former city manager, to close the $316 million deficit, but Bobb hasn’t restricted his attention to money matters.
Just 3% of Detroit’s fourth graders scored proficient in math on a national test last year, and Bobb says he intends to do something about it. He hired a curriculum expert, and planned for school mergers and redesigns, even a school that would house pre-kindergarten through community college students. But he has a problem - Detroit still has an elected school board, and they say they control academics, not Bobb.
This program is made possible by the following funders:
Grade Level Reading Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
John Merrow talks with Robert C. Bobb about the inherent challenges of turning around the Detroit school system. Listen to the story.
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