The Concerning Truth About Detroit Public Schools

PRE-PROPOSAL 1. Media Artifact

Link to your media artifact(s) giving background on the issue: 2. Persona and POV statement Persona nameAge: School/occupation: Location:   Quote:   About:


POV Statement:
  • User (be specific and use empathetic language, e.g., Karla, a busy and high achieving high school student…):
  • Need (identifies a need that is meaningful and includes feelings, e.g. …needs a way to feel less stress at school…):
  • Insight (incorporates your observations; often unexpected, …because there is a lot of chaos in her life and she wants to feel more calm, peace, and mindfulness in her day.):


3. Potential Solutions:

Describe three reasonable, feasible potential solutions or approaches that would help address this problem.

SOLUTION 1: More educated teachers join school systems... All of the teachers should not be straight out of college. Recruit veteran teachers.

SOLUTION 2:The community is improved by all of the residents to change schools and everything in it. Improving the infrastructure and building the city will impact the school system.

SOLUTION 3:Make school more enjoyable for children. I personally did not like school at one point in time and I was never encouraged to work. Focus on real world application and project based learning.



Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:


Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

There will be a higher graduarion rate and better lives for this generation and future generations of unexperienced, underprivliged, economically challenged families. This can also help make the city stronger. 

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

I have personally known how awful Detroit Public Schools are because I went to Spain Elementary for first, second, and third grade. I always had a really hard time and it became apparent when I did some research that other student have the same problems. Now, living in the suburbs, I feel safer and I have been able to choose a school that works best for me. 

How has your service activity influenced your thinking about this proposal?

I did not do a service activity directly relating to Detroit schools, but I have worked with the Head Start children in my community and can see how making connections with kids makes them enjoy school more and feel appreciated.

Link to your media artifact(s) giving background on the issue: Consultations

Talk directly with at least 3 real live people who have special knowledge about this topic or the impact your proposal would have, and summarize their comments. These may include people appearing in your media artifact (video, podcast, etc.).





Reaction or advice from a Topic Coordinator:

You must solicit a critique from a topic coordinator, and explain the impact that advice has had on the final draft of this proposal.


Research process:

Describe your research process — indicate who you talked to (including but not limited to consultants), what you read, what your thinking was, how it changed over time, and how your consultants changed your thinking. This description of your research process definitely could include “dead ends,” or ideas you had that didn’t ultimately bear fruit.  In short, we want to know what you did and how it led to your legislation, and we also want you to give us a window into your thought process.

My mentor, Dawn and I sat down and came up with a topic for me to reasearch. I then looked up articles on the topic that I chose, which revolved around Detroit Public Schools. I took notes and turned them into an article form once I typed them out. I then started working on my POV statement and worked on solutions to help Detroit Public Schools.

Author contributions:

Please delineate--in detail--who made what contributions to the process and to the finished proposal? Who took on which responsibilities in researching ideas, drafting language, etc.?


The sections below should comprise your final proposal language, submitted for consideration by your peers and potential inclusion in the MSC Platform.

Preambulatory clauses

These set up the PROBLEM, but not the solution.




(Add more "Whereas" clauses if necessary.)

Operative clauses

These describe in detail, the solution you are proposing (not the problem itself; those should go in the "Whereas" clauses above).





(Add more "Resolved" clauses if necessary.)


What are three reasonable arguments against this proposal?




Costs and funding:

What will your proposal cost (in direct expenses, lost tax revenue, lost economic opportunity, and/or non-monetary costs)? How will you pay for your proposed legislation? Where will/could the funding for your proposal come from?  Who might object to dedicating resources to your proposal (competing interests)?  



These can include websites or other information you have found about the issue.


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