Group plans seven Detroit high schools

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Michigan Future Inc. has awarded an $850,000 grant to Detroit Edison Public School Academy to help it open a new high school this fall, the first in a planned series of grants, according to

In all, Michigan Future said it will award $13 million to help establish seven new high schools over the next three years, with a goal of sending more Detroit students to college.

The nonprofit organization said that it will work with existing conventional, private and public charter schools to create the new schools, according to The schools must maintain an 85 percent graduation rate, achieve 85 percent college attendance among graduates and achieve an 85 percent college graduation rate.

The new schools must be open to Detroit students but do not have to be located within city boundaries, reported. The funding comes from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Skillman Foundation, Kresge Foundation and McGregor Fund, reported.

SOURCE:, "Ann Arbor nonprofit Michigan Future offers new model for Detroit school system," March 1, 2010

Michigan Education Digest, "Charters plan 25,000-seat expansion," Sept. 1, 2009