"I am a life-long Southfield resident and a proud graduate of Southfield Public Schools. I attended McIntyre Elementary, Birney Middle, and Southfield-Lathrup High School.
I can relate directly to what our students and teachers are experiencing because I was there with them just 6 years ago. I remember passionate and dedicated teachers, stellar (but limited) after school activities and peers who were genuinely excited to learn.
I also remember trying to concentrate in a hot classroom on a 90-degree day, kids being turned away at lunch because of debt, senseless school suspensions, and teachers risking their safety in fights between students.
This isn't our story, but these are the challenges we face as a district. Our unique challenges need to be met with bold, progressive policies that will put our students on the same playing field as those in surrounding districts." - Amani Johnson