DPS creates advisory council to develop academic plan

Shawn D. Lewis
The Detroit News

Detroit Public Schools has formed an advisory group of more than 120 employees to develop a long-range academic plan for the state’s largest school district, interim superintendent Alycia Meriweather announced Wednesday.

The plan “will span eight to 10 years, which research shows is the timeframe required to produce change in a large system like DPS,” Meriweather said in a statement.

Members began meeting last week to develop the blueprint, forming committees to research and address areas including building use, attendance and behavior policies, parent and community involvement, career technical education, curriculum and arts, blended learning and after-school programs.

The new academic plan will replace one that expires June 30.

Meriweather announced the initiative as state lawmakers continue debating competing bills to rescue and restructure DPS, which is more than $500 million in debt.

Emergency Manager Steven Rhodes has warned the district will run out of operating cash by June 30 unless the legislature passes a rescue package to pay off DPS’ debt and provide startup funding for a new, debt-free Detroit school district.

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