In the past I have written extensively on Detroit schools and especially the Catherine Ferguson Academy (CFA) (google Detroit Schools,

Well, Detroit once again is leading a process of needed divestment from the ravages of privatization.  And, By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) is once again leading the pack with support from community leaders, parents and students.

TODAY: Thursday May 30, 2013 10:30AM in front of Catherine Ferguson Academy, 2750 Selden Detroit MI


Contact: Monica Smith 313-585-3637


Catherine Ferguson Academy (CFA) students are outraged at the blatant attempt of school administration and CNN to pass off a virtually nonexistent academic curriculum as a “Thinking School”.


Rather than participating in the cover-up photo opportunities happening at CFA today, students and their supporters are walking out in protest of this cover up and are demanding a return to actual academic instruction leading to high school credit and a diploma that actually means we are prepared for college.


CFA 11th Grader and BAMN (Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary) organizer Darshae White says, “I feel that I’m not learning and I’m supposed to pretend this is the best thing that has happened when this is the worst thing that has happened to me at school, and I’m sick of being told to just deal with it.”


CFA Teacher and BAMN organizer Nicole Conaway says, “CFA students will shortly be filing a lawsuit demanding the equal educational opportunities they deserve. “


In 2011, CFA was saved from closure when students and the teacher joined BAMN and organized marches, rallies, and an occupation to keep the school open. One year after the school was transferred to charter operator Evans Solutions, the academic program has been decimated and teachers have been forced to stop teaching and to act only as advisors for independent student projects limited to students’ supposed career choices.

Students have voted with their feet and enrollment has dropped from about 200 to about 50 students.

Donna Stern
BAMN National Coordinator