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March 17th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Detroit: Save our schools

(CNN) – In Detroit, an S.O.S. – Save Our Schools. Officials are rolling out a $1 billion plan that would shut down 45 public schools, consolidating some and demolishing others.

They're trying to fix three growing problems: a huge drop in enrollment, a massive debt and some of the highest dropout rates in the country. But it's not all bad news in the city's classrooms. Our Allan Chernoff went to Detroit to look at a group of schools that are getting things right.

Filed under: Education
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  1. Carolyn Evans

    We need health care reform. I know we need public option or single payer but at least this is a start.

    March 18, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  2. A. Smith, Oregon

    An entire GENERATION of American higher education students has now been lost. School closures in many of the States that are literally teetering on the brink of Bankruptcy is a foregone conclusion.

    Where were these same lawmakers when the horrific Republican administration of Bush-Cheney gutted public school funding and federal college grant funds to pour into the war's in Iraq and Afghanistan?

    There is no money NOW. Ok, you were lied to by Rove-Bush-Cheney, but you didn't raise your voices 8 years ago when it would have made a difference. Now you and many, many other public schools and a entire generation of students across America are suffering as a direct result.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:47 pm |
  3. Brian Carter

    Allen is incorrect when he says "It is not because of the Violin that these students are achieving". It is absolutely because of musical instruction, that children are able to process the amount of information necessary to cope with the modern world.Also community music is a part of everyday life in Africa.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
  4. mona

    why the schools are haven trouble? but isn't a good idea to close the schools the childern and adult need to get education

    March 17, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  5. Ernest Ionescu

    Our daughter is the piano player in the last frame. She is teaching piano at Cornerstone private school in Detroit.
    We are very proud about her and her students' successes. Recently her students collected awards at a music competition.
    She started this job only a year ago as an experiment; and now she is part of the Cornerstone great team.
    Congratulation to Cornerstone Schools!

    March 17, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  6. A.M. Elder

    Even your own CNN programs inform our children that engineering and computer technology are the jobs that "make the most money"-as if money is the focus of a person's life. But education and the desire to learn can not be about money. The way to attract students is to provide creative outlets: poetry, music, drama, art, film – they all want to express themselves and we can let them at all levels! But in our schools we have removed the classes that could make creative and innovative engineers. When will this nation get a clue that the loss of the arts in our schools is killing our schools, their progress, and how we understand teaching and learning? When?

    Even at the university where I teach Theater, I am the lowest paid professor and treated as if I teach the "fluff" classes. But I teach our students how to communicate, understand cultural themes. I am no more important than anyone else there but I am just as important to developing a well rounded person.

    A.M. Elder

    March 17, 2010 at 10:45 am |