It was reported last month that former NBA and University of Michigan basketball star Jalen Rose will be opening a charter school aimed at helping low-income kids in his hometown of Detroit, and new details are now emerging, with the high school slated to open this September on Detroit's Northwest Side.
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Hill and Rose both say they've moved on from any past issues, and what's more important is helping kids. We appreciate their ability to look past prior differences in the pursuit of the greater good: providing children with a good education.
Rose also made a point we here at the American Federation for Children and the Alliance for School Choice frequently try to drive home—that his school isn't out to hurt Detroit Public Schools, but instead it aims give parents and students more choices in a city that desperately needs them. Here's what he had to say:
Lawmakers, are you paying attention? Sometimes, the past doesn't matter—it should only be about giving kids better futures.Only 30 percent of 9th graders will graduate from high school [in Detroit]. When you hear those numbers, if we were a third world country, it would be declared a crisis, and there would be a state of national emergency.
- American Federation for Children | Alliance for School Choice, MAG