Reflecting on “The Ferndale Document” (The Truth About Segregation in Ferndale Public Schools) and this passage really spoke to me.
” all but the very wealthiest suburban school districts are experiencing financial hardships. Unable to rely on either the state or private contributions to keep their districts afloat, and with few new residents or even a declining population, these districts must turn to Detroit students. The per-pupil funding that Detroiters can bring to the suburban districts puts dollar signs in the eyes of district administrations…
the fact that Detroit students regularly cross district lines and attend suburban schools is an historic breakthrough, in and of itself. From their very inception, the white suburbs have existed for no other reason than to exclude black Detroiters; segregation has been the living foundation of those suburbs for generations. The fact that the suburbs must now disrupt that foundation creates an enormous opportunity for us to shatter the foundation entirely. That, in conjunction with the progressive ideals of today’s young generation,expressed in part through the election of Barack Obama,lets us know that we have allies on the other side of Eight Mile.”
It’s just so true. NOW is the time to build the integrated metro-wide district we need we need to bring real equality to our schools.
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