Life Inside Detroit Public Schools

Life Inside Detroit Public Schools


My name is Lakia Wilson. I’m the school counselor here at Spain. I have been here 19 years. I love it here. I love the staff. I love the students and the families that we serve. I consider myself a fixture in this community and I want my building for these children. I want my babies to have the best. This is my daughter’s first year at Spain. I really love the teachers. I did not know that Detroit Public Schools were in such bad condition. I heard about something with mold that they have. I never saw the gym, so I didn’t know it was in such bad condition. So, up until two months ago our students were here playing in this gym and then we were told we could no longer use this portion of the building. So it is now off limits to us. We’re seeing damage from the roof where it is raining and snowing right inside the school And it has created these large humps in the floor where students were playing in here two months ago with the warped floor. Not being able to go to gym and that’s not right. That’s not right. And how does that make you feel? Sad. And now they hate gym because they can’t come in here. and use any of the equipment. All they are limited to is walking the halls. Ok, this is our band room. Our band teacher was laid off about two years ago and our room has been empty ever since. Our instruments are locked away and uniforms just hanging. A performing arts program with no performing arts teachers is an oxymoron. I don’t know why when things go away within this district that they are not replaced. And it’s just getting sad. Bring the easel up. Normally we have our reading lesson in the back but because they did that two dollar, shoddy cover up on that pipe, I’m still scared to go back there. And I teach first grade and I don’t have reading books. Now they don’t bring books home. Everything is a Xerox copy. They’re little kids. They don’t take great notes. Without books, it’s a problem for the parents to help them. We don’t have any ink, so a lot of times I have to do this at home. It takes a lot of my preparation time and we only have two preps a week. And it’s totally unfair. Our kids love to learn, they are eager to learn and they deserve better. No one will take accountability for what’s going on with the steam. There’s steam coming up onto our playground. And the temperatures have reached 110 degrees. It’s a snow storm in Detroit and the ground is burning. The students are very sad about not being able to go out to the playground, the fact that they are not able to properly burn off their energy as far as running around and just being free for a few minutes and coming back in and getting back to academics. I blame the emergency manager, the governor because there is no reason the schools should be falling apart like they are. The conditions our students have to face everyday coming to our school is unfortunate. This is the reality of it. Now you base this versus the schools in the suburbs, there’s no comparison. Even though the governor and the legislators in Lansing are making laws against us, you have a right to deserve and demand better. Who taught us to fight for our equal rights? Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. Martin Luther King taught us that we should be treated how? We should be treated how all people are treated.

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