Detroit Public Schools Count Day Controversy

Detroit Public Schools Count Day Controversy

Today is count day for Detroit Public Schools. I'm watching the local news here this morning and they are reporting that all kids that come to school today to get counted will get a special lunch of chicken, macaroni and cheese, green beans and peach cobbler.

Mind you 99% of DPS is black and these kids will never see a meal close to this all year at lunch time. Good idea or fucking racist?

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Re: Detroit Public Schools Count Day Controversy

What is the purpose of "count day"?

Is this kind of thing going on in other public school systems outside of Detroit?

Why do you perceive this to be possibly racist?

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Count day is the day where official student count for today is what is used to determine public school funding. So, if a kid was there yesterday and a kid is there tomorrow too bad, he's not counted and the district doesn't get paid for that kid. In Michigan each kid is worth about $7500.

Not sure if this is happening anywhere else but in Michigan this is the only instance I am aware of school district pulling something like this.

The problem is this meal is using a black stereotype of "soul food". The rest of the year these kids will be eating sloppy joes and canned peaches but to get Detroit the money from the state someone thought it would be a good idea to serve this particular meal to a overwhelmingly black population AND put it on fucking TV.

In theory it might of been a decent idea but seeing it on the news comes off as incredibly insensitive IMO.

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