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Detroiters Wary of School Bond Costs

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Can we afford this?

That's what Detroit taxpayers are asking themselves as they prepare to vote next week on a $500.5 million school bond issue.

Called Proposal S, the money would be used to build eight new schools and renovate 10 others.

In a region with the highest unemployment rate in the nation, residents are wondering if the city still has the tax base to generate the property tax revenues needed to pay the bond off, The Detroit Free Press reports.

And residents are also wary of how the bond funding will be used. As we told you last month, Emergency Financial Manager Robert C. Bobb is looking into questionable real estate deals that were made under the last bond, approved in 1994 to the tune of $1.5 billion.

The bond issue has the support of Mayor Dave Bing, but not of the elected school board, which is locked in a battle with Bobb over authority of the school district that has spilled into the courts.

Will Detroiters vote to keep paying higher property taxes to help their beleaguered school system? We'll all find out next week.

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I don't want to offend Mr. Cosby in anyway I think the world of him, but isn't his degree an honorary doctorate? As someone who has worked in the trenches in both urban and rural schools slugged my way through both urgan both urban and rural poor and finally earned my doctorate at age 50, I have to say I find it a little be offensive to see him referrred to as Doctor Cosby.

Heh, I could be wrong and if he did what I did in terms of course work for a master's and doctoral degree I will be the first one to apologize. But if not maybe we should all recognize his true gift to bring people together. But unless Dr. Cosby wants to debate with me about Ralph Tyler, James Comer, and Richard Elmore, I would appreciate not using the doctoral label so loosely.

Sincerely,
Marybeth Flachbart, Ed.D.


P.S. I have never posted a comment perform I am just offended by the implication that no matter what your background you could be an exemplary educator. I have worked diligently to become one. And I'm still not there. But having gone to school, or being associated with schools does not make you an expert.

Bill Cosby earned a doctorate of education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1976.

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