Our tax dollars pay for "incentives" for kids to show up to crappy Detroit schools on "Count Day," when enrollment numbers are collected for funding. Charters attract a large number of area families, the local schools no longer have an easy monopoly, and the administration is feeling the fire under their butts.
“We have competition. I think we may have gained in market share" this year, Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Jack Martin said recently. A news article relates that 90 percent of state funding is determined on "Count Day."
You'd think this would be a great thing. Schools lose money if you don't show up. So demand better things and tell them your child will be "sick" that day if they aren't delivered. Schools are just like any other business in that they can piss off a sizeable minority of their "customers," but when a good number take their business elsewhere, it will hurt.
I have to wonder at any parent who would allow their child to get on the bus that day. To think that the schools can offer crappy "education," year after year, and buy the kids off with an occasional bicycle or an iPad is insulting and disgusting. These children deserve so much better.