Parents march to Lansing for education reform

Posted at 7:17 PM, Nov 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-30 19:17:18-05

A group of parents say they are taking part in a 9-day, 90-mile walk from Detroit to Lansing via Grand River. Their message?  Parents need a voice. They say they don’t have enough input or community control at their kids' schools. 

"Parents expect decisions affecting their children's education to be made by those with connections to the community that their school serves," said Hilary Young, a Detroit charter school parent.

She says her daughter does not have a math teacher. She has been told it is not in the budget. The decision allegedly was made at a charter school management company in another state.

Witrice Harris is another mom concerned about a lack of control over what is happening in her child’s school. She says her child goes to Renaissance High and does not have an English teacher. She says with an emergency manager, and no empowered elected school board it is hard to hold school leaders accountable. 

“The whole system needs change,” said Harris.

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