“We have no teachers and we are not learning anything,” said Davante Billups. “We need more teachers and books.”
“It’s been going on for awhile now. We [are] just finally getting everybody to get together, protest and do something about this,” said Alex Cooper.
The students and parents are concerned about teacher shortages, the reassignment of a principal and a lack of answers from Detroit Public Schools.
“Most of our administration has left. We’re getting new administration, new counselors every day,” Cooper explained.
“I want the kids [that are] under me, I want them to be able to have the education that we were supposed to have that we didn’t get,” Billups remarked.
School board members and parents at the all-boys school say the education of their children is being compromised.
“The math teacher has been absent 68 plus days,” said parent Sharise Smith. “It’s a shame that these young men are at school every single day. They’re showing up and the teachers are not, and the education is lacking greatly in the school. It’s a travesty.”
“The kids will tell you that they are not getting what they are entitled to, and the community needs to stand up, show up, show out and let DPS [know] that this substandard education is not going to be allowed,” she added.