Parents of school-aged children and other concerned citizens will have an opportunity to talk about the dissolution of the Inkster Public Schools district, and the overall quality of education now being received by children, during an education forum to be hosted by the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus (“MLBC”) and the Western Wayne County NAACP Branch from 7:00 P.M. to 9 P.M., on Monday, February 10,2014 at the Christian Faith Ministries located at 27500 Marquette Avenue in Garden City, Mich.
The Inkster district, along with the Buena Vista Schools, was dissolved in June 2013 following a determination by State Superintendent Mike Flanagan and former State Treasurer Andy Dillion that the Inkster district was not financially viable. Students were divided by quadrants, and sent to Romulus Community Schools, Taylor School District, Wayne-Westland Community Schools or the Westwood Community School District.
The forum will examine the effects of the dissolution on the students, families and community, and allow state legislators and civil rights officials a chance to evaluate any opportunities for public policy initiatives and community education and mobilization.
“This forum is necessary and timely,” says Rep. Thomas F. Stallworth III (D-Detroit), MLBC chairman. “The Governor’s budget includes more funding for school dissolution which would indicate that either this money is going to target Inkster and Buena Vista retrospectively or there are more dissolutions on the horizon.”
For more information on the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus, please call (517) 373-1997 or visitwww.MichiganLBC.org.