A newly-formed coalition called the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren is made up of local pastors, educators, civic leaders, and businessmen, including one who serves as the Executive Vice President of Global Product Development, Purchasing, and Supply Chain at General Motors.
Indeed, Mark Reuss joins 30 other members who are pledging to come up with solutions to problems surrounding public schools in Detroit.
“We’re not naive and we don’t believe this will be solved overnight, but we believe everybody has a role in this,” said the Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit Branch NAACP and one of the group’s co-chairs. “None of us are satisfied with the current state of affairs of education in the city of Detroit.”
As reported by the Detroit Free Press, the group will meet over the next three months, eventually making recommendations to Governor Rick Snyder, Mayor Mike Duggan, and legislators.
The Detroit Public School system’s deficit is said to be hovering at $121 million at the time of this writing.