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DSA Parents ask U of M to leave

Attorney Mark BernsteinAttorney Mark Bernstein, University of Michigan regent, listens to Detroit School of Arts (DSA) parent representatives Tonia Gladney, vice-president of the Local School Community Organization (LSCO) and Yolanda Peoples, LSCO treasurer.

Peeples and Gladney were accompanied by elected DPS board member Elena Herrada who spoke before the University of Michigan Board of Regents, Sept. 19. They asked University of Michigan to relinquish control of their school and questioned what happened to the $2 million Knight grant given the school, but currently under the control of U-M. Former DPS Emergency Manager Roy Roberts named DSA a “self-governing” school in 2012 and put U-M in charge. Parent participation has been reduced to making two-minute comments once a month before the U-M appointed board of DSA governors, the parents say.

The husband of a U-M employee was named principal at the beginning of the current term over parent objections and U-M failed to conduct interviews with what the parents thought were more qualified candidates. Bernstein said he would investigate. Parents say they will return to the next U-M Board of Regents meeting.

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