East Detroit Approves Limited Schools of Choice

Mitch Hotts, The Macomb Daily, February 28, 2012

Faced with the grim prospect of payless paydays this summer, the East Detroit Board of Education voted 4-3 Monday night to adopt a Schools of Choice plan for K-8 students in Macomb County, but did not include opening the borders to neighboring counties.

School administrators say under a best-case scenario, the district can attract up to 600 students that would bring in about $4 million in additional state aid revenue. But skeptics doubt those numbers are possible without including students from neighboring Wayne County, including Detroit and Harper Woods.


The Eastpointe-based school district has long opposed approving a Schools of Choice program, which allows students from other districts within the Macomb Intermediate School District borders to sign up with other districts and take along the per-pupil state aid revenue that goes with each.

In fact, until Monday, East Detroit was the only one of the 21 school communities in Macomb County that didn’t have some form of Schools of Choice. {snip}

The move is an urgent one for East Detroit, which has lost at least 1,400 students over the past four years and has $4.2 million less in operating revenue than last year, due to decreases in state and federal assistance, along with the loss of the student population.


School officials have said residents in the district oppose allowing in youngsters from Detroit because they are apprehensive of behavioral problems. But administrators say they have remediation plans in place to help those with conduct issues to become productive students.

“We have a great group of teachers who work well with students,” Lelekatch said. “We have had students here who came from Detroit Public Schools who have been very successful.”



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    Distrcit of Columbia, Mississippi and Louisiana are the ‘most black’ states, respectively.
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    By simple cross-referencing we can determine if ‘black states’ have higher illiteracy rates
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  • I understand the city of Eastpointe used to be called East Detroit, the same name as the school district.  The reason for the name change was that “Detroit” was almost a cuss word.  Of course, this was at a time when Eastpointe nee East Detroit was mostly working class white.  Has that changed?

    • anarchyst

      Yes, it has changed.  I used to be a resident of Eastpointe . . . When the city name was changed from East Detroit to Eastpointe, the housing valuse shot up considerably almost overnight . . . Eastpointe is suffering from the same makady as most “inner ring suburbs”.  The influx of blacks has made Eastpointe a less desirable place to live.  To its credit, the Eastpointe police department does not take any “guff” from blacks, and enforces the laws and ordinances quite strenuously . . .

      • Alexandra1973

        I used to live in Ferndale and I remember when the name was changed.  QD is right…the name “Detroit” seems to be a Bad Word nowadays!

  • There is a East St. Louis (Illinois), there is a West Memphis (Arkansas), there is even a Kansas City (Kansas)

    And all three are stellar examples of the prosperity that comes from “Actual Black-Run America” (credit: SBPDL), save KCK, which also has some Hispanics.

  • anarchyst

    From a geographical standpoint, there is no “east Detroit”, however, I used to live in the city of East Detroit, a Michigan incorporated city . . .  What is your point??

    • Detroit_WASP

      The city East Detroit (no Detroit proper) changed its name to Eastpointe about 15 years ago.  However, the school district, for some reason, kept the name East Detroit Schools. 

      Anyway, it is a burb of Detroit and is now in the process of turning black.  Blacks have ruined every neighborhood in Detroit and are now going to the burbs to escape the crime and failing schools the created in Detroit.