81 Percent of Students Go to College … From Inner-City Charter Schools

Detroit, Michigan, is known as one of the country’s most poorly run cities, with a school system to match. Yet some good things are happening in the Motor City, thanks to charter schools.

The mayor has turned course on a refusal to accept an offer by a philanthropist to establish some charter schools with lofty goals:

University Prep operates under the terms of a “90/90” requirement set by Thompson, a Plymouth resident who, with his wife, Ellen, donated $15 million for the campus near downtown Detroit. He leases the buildings to University Prep for $1 a year. In exchange for his financial support, the school must have a graduation rate of 90 percent and at least 90 percent of each graduating class must attend college.

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