Former Mayor Archer on schools: 'No excuses'

Posted at 5:28 PM, Jun 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-02 17:28:38-04

Detroit's former mayor, Dennis Archer, was very direct when he spoke today about saving Detroit's schools. "This is for the kids of Detroit and it's for others around the state."

Mayor Archer and his son, Dennis Archer, Jr., sat down for an interview with WXYZ editorial director Chuck Stokes at the Mackinac Policy Conference. The younger Archer is this year's conference chair.

The former mayor weighed in on the current political battle over school funding in Michigan's legislature. "This is very important to the city of Detroit and to all of our kids, whether they're going to public schools or private schools," he said.

"What Judge Rhodes is trying to do," he said, "Is absolutely urgent."

"They've got to get this thing passed with this commission," former Mayor Archer said of the proposed Detroit Education Commission.

"No excuses," he said. "Get it done."

The former mayor's son agreed.

"This is not just a Detroit problem or an urban school problem or a black problem," Dennis Archer, Jr. said.

Watch more from our interview with the Archers in the video player above.


See full coverage from the Mackinac Policy Conference here.