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Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnono: “Are Detroit Children Less Deserving of a Good Education?”

Diane Ravitch's blog

Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnono was previously a science teacher in Detroit Public Schools. She is now a member of the Michigan legislature. Here she addresses the “savage inequalities” that Detroit’s children and teachers suffer daily.

Watch her powerful testimony at a state senate committee meeting about the destruction of public education in that city. She points out that Detroit has had four consecutive emergency managers, who have caused the district’s budget to ballon and solved no problems. Detroit is celebrating a renaissance of business and cultural life, yet Governor Snyder–who controls the Detroit public schools–continues to use their students as guinea pigs in his free-market laboratory instead of doing what works: small classes, experienced teachers, a rich curriculum, plenty of arts, social workers, guidance counselors, psychologists, librarians, and school nurses.

The Network for Public Education was proud to endorse Rep. Gay-Dagnono as a candidate for office. Her voice in the Michigan legislature…

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Library Media Specialist in a Detroit public high school.

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