DETROIT (WXYZ) - On Sunday several Detroit Public School leaders toured churches. They spoke to congregations and asked parents to help ensure that all students are in class on day one.
DPS Emergency Financial Manager Roy Roberts says last year the state tried to take back funding due to attendance issues. He says the district can’t afford to lose money.
“And more importantly, we need to make sure our students are in class getting a quality education,” said Roberts.
He and other school leaders say they will be going to 20 churches in Detroit in the coming Sundays, all with the goal of improving attendance.
The visits come as the district’s leaders deal with shifting powers.
A judge this week ruled Roberts will keep financial control of the district, but gave the school board academic control. The school board responded by making numerous last minute changes.
The move came after a state law giving emergency managers sweeping powers was set aside pending a November vote.
Roberts says the changes should not affect the confidence parents have in Detroit Schools.
“We will have stability in Detroit Schools,” said Roberts.
Before Roberts spoke to congregations, parents gathered outside churches to great church goers.
Sonya Smith, a mother to two Detroit Public School students, says she came out because she believes her daughters' schools will be able to succeed with community support.
“Our children need to see us involved in the schools we trust to give them a quality education,” said Smith.
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