All Detroit Public Schools to be inspected

Posted at 7:06 PM, Jan 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-14 09:06:14-05

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's office says the city's Building, Safety, Engineering and Environmental Department and the Detroit Health Department will inspect all DPS schools by the end of April.

The inspections began Tuesday at Spain Elementary-Middle School, which was recently the focus of a 7 Action News Fix My Schools report.

The city plans to have the 20 most problematic schools inspected by the end of the month, with the other 97 being conducted by the end of April. Charter schools in the city will also be inspected.

If violations are found, the city will take appropriate steps to rectify them.

“This effort isn’t about blaming anybody,” Mayor Duggan said in a news release.  “It’s about making sure that every child and every teacher in Detroit goes to school in a safe and healthy environment.  We’ve been assured by Emergency Manager Earley that DPS will respond promptly to correct any deficiencies found in these inspections and we look forward to working with the district to resolve these problems.”

Mayor Duggan also asked Detroit parents, teachers and students to report potential health and safety concerns to the city in an application on the city's website.